I just realized that I didn't do ANY blogging last week. :(
I also didn't do any commenting either... :(
I missed it....I missed you!!
Life has been pretty crazy around here. After my car accident two weeks ago, I have PT two nights a week after school. Then I have to sit around with ice on my back and neck every night. Let me tell you, it is not easy to sit in a chair and type with an ice pack on your shoulder blades.
Hence, no blogging for me...I will try to be better this week. :)
Enough of my sad story...Let's (linky) party! On to a little motivation with the very sweet Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching and my Peek at My Week linky party!
Last week, I did a very fun writing activity with my kiddos that I learned about from the Teen Writer's Academy at the UWM-WP this past summer.where I had them write a letter to a body part that they would like to change.
In their letter, they had to explain why they didn't like that particular body part and how they could change it. We brainstormed some ideas (your hair, freckles, name, feet, etc.) to set the parameters and the kids went to it.
They put a lot of enthusiasm into their letters. They couldn't believe that this was actually writing class! At the end of the writing period, they all turned their letters in to me.
The next day, I mixed up the letters and randomly handed them out. Then I told the kids that they were to BECOME that body part and write back explaining why they should be appreciated for what they are and how that person is perfect just the way they were made. At first, some kids were skeptical..."You want me to become freckles?" but they eventually caught on.
Let me just tell you that the letters and responses were incredibly insightful and showed us all that we should each appreciate those things that make us who we are.
Best of all, activities like this really MOTIVATED my students to write and to enjoy writing. It was a win-win for all of us.
Now on to my weekly linky party, A Peek at My Week...
Clip Art: Krista Walden @ Creative Clips
For my own children, it is Homecoming Week so there will be lots going on with goofy costumes, a parade, and of course, a football game on Friday night. Kind of makes me miss high school...except for the goofy costumes.
How about you? What are your plans for this week? Link up and share!