Simple Sentence or not

I know I have lamented on this before, but really we need to bring back grammar instruction.  I usually have the students write their answers in complete sentences for assignments and tests.  They usually complain and of course, a few of them forget to write a complete sentence.  Or at least in the past, I gave them the benefit of the doubt and assumed that they were forgetting. Now, however, I am not so sure. The other day one of my students tried to argue with me. This student kept insisting that all that was necessary to make a group of words a sentence was if there was a capital letter and a period.  (Notice that they didn’t say punctuation, just that it needed a period).  Now today the same thing happened with a few more of my students. At this point, I am seriously considering starting next year with a back to basics unit.  Taking a couple of weeks to review a sentence, parts of speech, how to write a paragraph, and whatever else I decide that they still don’t know how to do even though it was taught at a much younger age.

So how about you?  Do your students have problems with carry over and remembering how to do the basics?


When I first started this blog, last March, so that I could enter a challenge for teachers to write more, I had lots of ideas and was ready to go.  I wrote faithfully for that entire month.  I then entered another challenge for April and wrote faithfully during that month also.  I figured how can I expect my students to write daily (or at least when we have class) if I can’t write also.  Then summer came and at first I wrote faithfully, but as the summer wanned on and the school year began, my writing has dwindled down to almost nothing.

I wish I could say that I have been busy going here and there, or making memories with one of my daughters, but sadly that isn’t the truth.  Yes, during the school day I feel like there is never enough minutes to accomplish all that I need to get done, but then I get home from school and for the most part I am home alone for the most part until around 6:00 or later.  My youngest is involved in her school and I am glad that she is, band, volleyball, basketball, choir, NHS, Student Senate, speech, drama, wrestling, pep band, marching band, student ambassador and the list goes on.  She is also involved in many community activities, because of this and my husband’s work schedule I spend much of my after school time by myself.  Now this would be a wonderful time for many activities, I could work out, read, craft, sew, write my blog posts, but sadly nothing happens. I come home, sit down to read the mail and check my email/facebook accounts and then I crash.  Nothing gets accomplished unless I have to get it done.  I have plans every day and I say that I will get this done, or that done, but sadly it doesn’t happen.  Looks like I might need someone to check in with every couple of days, hey did you get (blank) done?  What did you accomplish last night?  I know that I am definitely a morning person and can get lots done when I first get up.  Now I need to find a way to make me an evening person also, because I refuse to get up any earlier than 5:30.

So what do you do to keep going in the evening?  How do you stay motivated? Any advice to get me moving?

The Goblin Crown


I was recently sent a review copy of this book for an advanced reader’s team.  Poor Billy, he was moved across the country, his dad has cancer and may be dying, and to make it even better today is his first day of high school.  Not just any high school of course, the exclusive Francis Drake Prep.  Billy is so nervous about everything that is going on his life, that within the first few minutes of school he not only manages to embarrass himself in front of the beautiful Lexi, but also makes an instant enemy of the school’s star quarterback. His day can’t get any worse correct?  Wrong, somehow he manages to get himself, Lexi, and Kurt into another world.  This world is full of goblins that don’t speak English.  The goblins are currently fighting a war with humans in their world.  The humans have but one goal, to completely wipe out the goblins.

I enjoyed reading this book and am looking forward to introducing it to my reluctant readers. The Goblin Crown includes war, friendship, and magical worlds, in other words a book sure to please many different readers.  I am eagerly looking forward to the second book in the serious.

I received an advanced reader copy of this book, however the reactions to the book are my own.

The Friday 56


*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.


“Billy gulped in awe. He was soaring through the heart of the mountain, surrounded on all sides by the swarming goblin city. He could see tens of thousands of goblins on hundreds of streets on dozens of levels, bustling about their business.” The Goblin Crown by Robert Hewitt Wolfe.

Slow Down

Hard to believe that the county fair is only two weeks away.  Usually that signifies the end of the summer to me as I start back in my classroom right after.  This year the fair is a week early but still, I have so much to accomplish and feel like I am running out of time.  Haven’t met one goal yet this summer, yet I have been working on a few of them.

John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

While in Des Moines recently, I visited the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park. This was a nice little park located not to far from the State Capital.  Basically it was a bunch of different sculptures located in a city block.  It was nice to walk around the block and look at the different sculptures.  There were several people walking around and a couple of families with kids.










Overall, while I enjoyed my visit to this park and the pleasant walk looking at the different sculptures, I am not sure that it is an area that I would visit often.  I really wish that there would have been some information about each of the different sculptures, the artist, the inspiration behind the art piece, etc.