As a beginning teacher, I was full of energy and love for the creativity of planning lessons, then going into a room full of students and seeing if my ideas worked. I read everything I could get my hands on. I went to workshops and conferences. I took part in the Writing Project and got my master’s degree in English education. I fell in love with my students as we struggled and grew together.
Then, I found my true calling helping to create the first Glasser Quality Public High School, based on William Glasser's Choice Theory. Here, students and teachers work together to create a school filled with happiness and fellowship.
I pursued National Board Certification to freshen my skills, and now, after 30 years of teaching, I am grateful to still feel energized and enriched, every single day. I wouldn't trade careers with anyone else on earth.
Murray High School, Charlottesville, Virginia
30 years of teaching
When there is a teacher absence, rarely is there time to plan significant learning activities, so too often "busywork" becomes the assignment for the day. This book solves that problem by suggesting ideas for meaningful, short-term classroom activities, with an emphasis on the processes of speaking, listening, and writing in the classroom. Many of the activities include reproducible artwork in an 8 1/2" X 11" format.
Effective student writing begins with well-designed classroom assignments. In Designing Writing Assignments, veteran educator Traci Gardner offers practical ways for teachers to develop assignments that will allow students to express their creativity and grow as writers and thinkers while still addressing the many demands of resource-stretched classrooms.