My grandson came to me one day when he was four years old and said, “Let’s do an experiment.” “What’s an experiment?” I asked him. He said, “It’s when you try something and if it works it works. If it doesn't that's okay too.” I can’t imagine a better definition. So he put water, flour, oatmeal, oil, baking soda and an egg in a cup and covered it with plastic wrap. Something actually happened. Over the next few days the concoction grew. The next time he came to visit, he saw
My daughter, a middle school Social Studies teacher, recently attended a workshop on Common Core Writing Standards. While there, she wrote this poem. It perfectly expresses what many of us know to be true. When we take the heart and soul out of writing, students lose their voice and the world loses its future. Our students have something wonderful to say. Let’s let them say it. STANDARDS FOR WRITING GOODBYE THOREAUS Goodbye Thoreaus. √ You didn’t preview what was to follow.