Learning lessons from my first experience with stations, I’m happy to report that my second lap around the track with this technique was more successful. Right before we left for our two-week winter vacation, I used Poetry Creation Stations with my freshmen. The result? Oh, this one’s a keeper. Continue reading

Here’s how it always goes: You hear about a new movie that everyone says is intense, innovative, so fantastic! You head to the theater and drop your nine bucks, only to emerge two hours later thinking, Well, that was alright, I guess.

Truth? You probably would’ve liked the movie better if you hadn’t heard anything about it. All that buzz raised your expectations, dooming you to “meh” feelings about what was actually a pretty good film.

Hype. It’ll bum you out every time. Continue reading