Mid-Year Stocktaking

Now that we’re halfway through 2019, I’m sure most of you, like me are going “I can’t believe half the year just flew by!” Once you’ve dealt with unwelcome realization, it is time to get down to brass tacks and take a hard look at the to-do lists and goals for the year. How far along did you manage to get? Did you check off most of the things you’d hoped to by this time?

This is also a great time to revise/reassess your goals, get realistic if need be–mentally, emotionally, and in terms of gearing up for the second half of the year.

So here’s a great post on taking stock that I came across: That Spring Clean Feeling

Using Poetry for Class Discussions

A post-lunch class is the dread of every teacher, and that’s why I know we’re always looking for creative ways to foment student engagement. Here’s a fantastic perspective from a teacher on “teaching” talking through class discussions on poetry. I absolutely LOVE this idea, and I can’t wait to use this with my students.

Read Teaching poetry at KS3 – why we need more chat in the classroom and let me know what you think in the comments below. Would you try this in your classroom?