Today I participated in two hashtag discussions on twitter.
First, I participated in NPR Education's #sceretteachers, which is seeking to document all of the cool things teachers do outside of school, whether it be second jobs, time consuming hobbies or pastimes, or schooling. I was even retweeted by NPR_ed!
Then, I knew my plans for College English would yield 20 minutes of time at the end of the hour. I found out #ScaryStoriesin5Words was trending on Twitter today. The kiddos read some via Google (not on Twitter, which is blocked at school -- but maybe we bent the rules to use cell phones...) and then each student wrote 3 of his/her own.
Here are a few gems from today:
iPhone is broken; no iCloud
Mom added me on Snapchat
TSwift's new album drops today
woke in coffin: not alone
15% of your data left
Ten percent battery; no charger
We don't have wifi here
There's a spider on you
Pretty fun Halloween afternoon. We talked a bit about the role of creative writing and participating in a global writing community.
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Kari teaches English I to 9th graders (!) and other electives in rural Iowa. Her husband is also an English teacher, and their friends have sworn to never help them move again because "even libraries don't have that many books."