Notes from Middle School RLA Classrooms
Scott - well said. I love your creative ways to get these points across. I think you are the biggest mentor/hero for RLA in our Middle School. We all have learned a great deal from your example.
Each month I anticipate an early Sunday morning viewing your new words (actions) of wisdom delivered in such an off-the-charts creative method. If there were Grammy awards for teaching videos, you would receive one! I've added the viewing of them to the agenda of my literacy team meetings. Keep them coming!
The hero's journey is definitely populated by my mentor/hero, Scott Riley. Like Janine, I have shared your Why The Middle Matters tips with my students who are preparing for a teaching journey of their own. Do I need to pay royalties to use these videos in my English education classroom? I'd do so, gladly. [BTW: I love the glittery shoes . . . but didn't see Eloise or Isabelle's name in the credits. Don't tell me these are YOUR shoes?] Thanks for the kick-start to our week, Scott!
I echo the comments above There is always something in these videos that I can take directly into my classroom and use the very next day. Thanks for the inspiration!
What you're creating here is a masterclass how to teach RLA. By providing sage like words, models, examples, and positive energy you give teachers a glimmer of the last item in Pandora's Box. Chin up and into the breach. For those people who refuse to move forward, put them into Pandora's Box. Then, put the box outside your door, kick it, and go back to work. Perhaps they will be able to find hope on their own.