Archive for the ‘Tree of Knowledge’ Category

The Tree of Knowledge: The Rewards of Teaching Reading

March 27, 2013, Posted by Sara at 6:00 am

March is reading month and since we are a reading blog, I thought it would be appropriate to do this post about the joys of teaching others to love reading as much as I do. Since I teach high school English, I don’t really consider myself a reading teacher. In theory, reading is taught in [...]

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Tree of Knowledge (5) – Standardized Testing

March 13, 2013, Posted by Sara at 6:18 pm

If I have been a little absent from the blog lately, it is because, it is that time of year again. The time that ever teacher dreads. State standardized testing! A few years ago, the state of Michigan decided that the state standardized test for juniors should also include the ACT. Panic time! Especially since [...]

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Tree of Knowedge (4) – The Truth About Snow Days

February 13, 2013, Posted by Sara at 6:49 pm

At first it is exciting. You watch the weatherman the night before and the excitement builds. A storm is coming! The anticipation of a snow day for teachers is like Christmas Eve for children! Sometimes you can’t sleep because of the very thought. The phone call, of course, comes at about 5:15 a.m.! Ideally, it [...]

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The Tree of Knowledge (3) – Who’s Responsible for a Child’s Education?

January 30, 2013, Posted by Sara at 6:43 pm

I was listening to the radio the other day and a shocking story was mentioned. A senator in Tennessee is proposing that parent’s welfare is cut if their student is failing classes. What? Did I hear that right? Parents could lose government funding if their student fails? I think I about drove off the road. [...]

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The Tree of Knowledge (2) – LOST on an Island

January 16, 2013, Posted by Sara at 6:00 am

There is something about starting a new unit that I absolutely love. It is one of the best things about being a teacher. I mean you get to do something over again and fix things until you get it right!  Not only that, but every time you teach it, it is brand new. My week [...]

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Tree of Knowledge (1) – Change is Coming

January 2, 2013, Posted by Sara at 7:25 am

There is something about a new year that brings about change. A slate wiped clean just waiting to be written on. Over a year ago, we started Tree of Knowledge as a way to connect with teachers. It is a place to talk about teaching practices and also to share lesson plans or ideas as [...]

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The Tree of Knowledge: Back to School

September 10, 2012, Posted by Sara at 12:00 pm

It’s getting to be that time of year again. There is a chill in the air, stores have takes down their summer gardening supplies and replacing them with bright colored binders, pallets of lines paper, and stashes of pencils. That’s right. It’s back to school time! The summer streets have emptied and school hallways have [...]

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“Teachers WRITE!”

June 4, 2012, Posted by Donna at 6:48 am

This morning’s trip through Facebook status updates and other random postings landed me on a blog post by our author friend Jo Knowles called “Teachers WRITE!” Through Jo’s blog post, I learned that Kate Messner began a new summer writing program called Teachers WRITE geared towards teachers and librarians. On her blog, she says, “Teachers [...]

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Tree of Knowledge: Teach What They Know

February 11, 2012, Posted by Sara at 9:00 am

I was sitting in my 6th hour (English IV) a few weeks ago and my students were working in groups decoding passages from  The Hunger Games that “show” rather than “tell.” Of course, there is always lots of other conversation that happens whenever you get this group together. As long as they are getting their [...]

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The Tree of Knowledge: Twilight in the Classroom

November 15, 2011, Posted by Sara at 2:41 pm

Okay, now that this new feature is up and running, it is time for me to get to business! In this post, I want to share the YA book that started it all for me, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Considering what Eve’s Fan Garden has evolved from, it should be no surprise that I would [...]

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The Tree of Knowledge: Getting YA Lit Approved in the Classroom

September 8, 2011, Posted by Sara at 7:25 pm

So you want to be innovative and you want to use YA Lit in the classroom. Or maybe you are a parent who wants to get your child to read in school. The problem is that many YA books might be a bit controversial for the classroom. Not only that, but you may be in [...]

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Happy Book Birthday to Falling For Hamlet by Michelle Ray

July 5, 2011, Posted by Maryanne at 5:30 am

  From the Hatchette Book Group’s website: Meet Ophelia: a blonde, beautiful high-school senior and long-time girlfriend of Prince Hamlet of Denmark. Her life is dominated not only by her boyfriend’s fame and his overbearing family, but also by the paparazzi who hound them wherever they go. As the devastatingly handsome Hamlet spirals into madness [...]

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Eve’s Fan Garden presents The Tree of Knowledge

July 1, 2011, Posted by Sara at 9:00 am

At Eve’s Fan Garden, we understand that literature is knowledge and knowledge is power. Therefore, we wanted to start something for the teachers and parents out there. We would like to introduce our newest blog feature, The Tree of Knowledge! Apples have long been associated with teachers so I find it ironic that apples are [...]

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