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Twas the Night Before and AP Student's Christmas

"Twas the Night Before Christmas" AP version
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     I enjoy mystifying my scholars with this version of the text. In groups, my scholars attempt to read the one paragraph that is assigned to them. They are allowed, nay, encouraged to use dictionaries to help them comprehend what they are reading. Interestingly enough, in our diverse school, there are students unfamiliar with the original text which makes the analysis difficult. Eventually, the scholars will piece the text together and read it chorally.  (Warning: smiles will happen!)
'Twas The Night Before an AP Student's Christmas 'Twas the nocturnal segment of the diurnal period preceding the annual Yuletide celebration, and throughout our place of residence, kinetic activity was not in evidence among the possessors of this potential, including that species of domestic rodent known as Mus musculus . Hosiery was meticulously suspended from the forward edge of the wood burning…

Advent hope

The season of advent leads me to paths of deep thought. As we enter the darkest days of the year, mass casualty shootings continue to occur.  We need to keep our eyes on the light and look for the
good in the world. Here are a few uplifting songs for the season.


I want to dedicate this blog to @Tzrunkle, a dedicated educator yearning for the light.

Oh Holy Night-Pentatonix
Silent Night-Pentatonix
Little Drummer Boy- Pentatonix
Mary Did You Know-Pentatonix
Angels We Have Heard on High-Pentatonix

Teacher Practice Networks- How Teachers Can Create CHANGE

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December 3rd, 2015
Imagine it!  Teachers can create CHANGE!  Yes! It scares teachers to think about putting themselves out in the public.   Matthew West's lyrics say "If not us, then who?"   If we want change to happen, it IS up to us!  We must be comfortable with breaking out of our comfort zones to create change.
@sylviaduckworth's image presents 6 easy ways for #teacherleaders to create and harness change. *Present ideas to peers *Share resources *Encourage others *Become Leaders *Observe colleagues *Harness personal interests
Pick one and try it today! We can do this! Make your positive voice heard!
Suzanne Rogers, M.Ed  I am a parent of two college cubs, an AP English teacher, ELA Coach and PD facilitator. I've taught 1st grade, MS, and HS in public, private, and charter schools in 3 states.






Resources https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_RjndG0IX8