Thoughts on Independent Summer Enrichment

It's that time of year--the school year has ended and children everywhere have been given summer assignments and summer readings. I used to give summer reading projects, but then September came along and those were the last things I wanted to see. Another thought came to mind though--should I be grading them for something I … Continue reading Thoughts on Independent Summer Enrichment


Cataloging Your Classroom Library and What You Can Learn from It

Today, I celebrate the fact that out of this whole school year, only four of my classroom library's books have not been returned. I'm happy about this number because I have around 800 books in my library, and to have a loss of only four books (0.5%) is something to celebrate. Before I go further, … Continue reading Cataloging Your Classroom Library and What You Can Learn from It

Grading Categories

Grade categories are a system in which specific assignments count for specific weights. In this blog post, I am going to discuss my philosophies on grade categories and grading policies. In traditional classrooms, the following categories are typically given: ParticipationClassworkHomeworkQuizzesTests/ProjectsFinal Exams Participation is the category that mentor teachers have told me somewhat implicitly is the … Continue reading Grading Categories