Students this week wrote about what they’d invent to make the world a better place, about qualities of a good friend, and scary stories. The 7th graders spent a day in the woods, hiking and participating in cooperative games as team building activities. Despite a cold, rainy day, they had a good time out of school and doing something different.
Next week I hope to teach peer editing and conference with students about their stories. They’ll have time to illustrate them if they wish. I made a list of good writing tips for their notebooks; hopefully they’ll keep it as a reference guide.
I’m helping one student with her high school essay application. She’s describing a journey moving from one state to another, one school to another, from living with her father, then mother, now father. She’s separated from her mother who has stage 4 breast cancer.
Later today the principal sent an email notifying staff that an 8th grader was found with a knife and had threatened another student.
On the outside, they look like normal kids. On the inside, many are facing tremendous challenges.
There are only six class sessions left in quarter. The students will move on to another arts class and I’ll get a new crop of students to get to know.