Updates on Prezi, Standards, and Planning Wall

In the span of twenty-four hours, I went from being halfway done with planning my 9th grade curriculum and ready to jump head-first into the Genius Hour Pool to teaching 11th grade ELA, Creative Writing, and Advanced Placement Language Arts.  I feel like a Will Smith sitcom character.

Now, this is a story all about how
My life got flipped-turned upside down
And I’d like to take a minute
Just sit right there
I’ll tell you how I dealt without losing my hair!

Needless to say, staying open-minded and flexible is the key to maintaining sanity in the world of Education.  With that being said, I know the most productive and healthy thing for me to do is accept that things are going to change and dive in!

I made a few adjustments to the flow of my Introduction to Genius Hour Prezi presentation.

Here is the new Project Genius Nerdfighter Prezi

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Also, I’ve been increasingly frustrated that there is not a user-friendly/printer-friendly edition of the new Common Core State Standards.  After much Copy/Paste Time, I’ve created a Word document that makes it easier to view the 11-12th English Common Core State Standards.

If there is anyone who would benefit from having this document, you can access it here:

11-12 Standards


If nothing else, this whole transition has taught me that anything I do to alter a wall must not be permanent!  I spent a great portion of my second semester working with my students to create the GORGEOUS wall mural in my 9th grade classroom.

Wall MuralWith a new grade level comes a new classroom.  It is with a heavy heart that I will be passing the torch of the 9th grade classroom onto another teacher.

Also, I created my own planning wall at my home office, thankfully with masking tape instead of paint.


Bootstraps have been pulled up, and I am ready to move on…





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