Saturday, September 13, 2014

Writing Weekend Prompt

This time of year is a time of transitions: teachers returning to work, students and their families adapting to new school routines, changes in the weather, moving outdoor plants inside, closing up lake homes, communities readjusting to college students leaving or arriving.

Write about a particular transition in your life (it doesn't have to be a seasonal one) or about transitions/changes in general.

Friday, September 12, 2014

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

AuThursday: Helen Rappaport and The Romanov Sisters

The RRVWP Fun Book Club met on August 27th to discuss The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport and to eat beef stroganoff (a traditional Russian dish). 

The Romanov Sisters is a nonfiction book about the Romanov family and their lives, from birth to their untimely deaths. We found that while we were all really interested in the subject matter, we weren't really interested in the author's telling of it. The book was written more technically, without the narrative quality we prefer in a nonfiction book. 
(For more information about the book, click here).

We talked briefly about the Anastasia imposters (not mentioned in the book) and decided on another title for our fall line-up.  For September, we will be reading Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith.

--Andrea Scherer

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Writing Weekend Prompt

Many of us allow and, in fact, encourage our students to ask us questions about our classes and ourselves the first few days of school. One of the questions my students ask me every year is "Why did you want to become a teacher/What inspired you to become a teacher?" And, "Why did you want to teach this subject?"

So, your prompt for the weekend is to answer those questions. Happy reflecting!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Finally Friday

At this point in the school year, all of our RRVWP members throughout eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota have begun classes. Congratulations on embarking on another year of this most important, exciting, enjoyable, and exhausting undertaking! Getting back in the swing of things can be difficult the first few days and weeks of school, and many are probably looking forward to the weekend to recharge.

One of the quotes that resonates most with me when I think about how difficult and exhausting teaching can be is from Teddy Roosevelt: “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” 

Have a great weekend, everyone!