Student Work Student Blogs Student “How To” video, How To Prank Your Parents: Student Annotation of the myth, Perseus A student parody of a news report for Gatsby’s Death: A teaser for the revolutionary time period: These students are pretty sure they hit the jackpot with their answers. They were practicing identifying types of quotes and their characteristics. Students analyze their “best” and “worst” answer and focus on improving each. Students revised in order to make sure their answers were spot on to the class expectations for Text Dependent Questions. These students are getting ready to start revising their text dependent questions. How high can you build a free standing structure with 20 uncooked spaghetti noodles, a foot of masking tape, a foot of yarn, and a marshmallow? My students competed against one another to build the highest structure. They focused on problem solving, troubleshooting, and group communications. These students were so focused on the activity they didn’t even notice me looking over their shoulders. Meaningful activities equals student engagement! This student had the highest structure of all my classes, but this was not the winning structure shown. He tried. His structure broke. He rebuilt. He won. AHHHHH the happy teacher loves seeing all of her students engaged and loving the activity. Student made commercial for invented product This student was so proud of the hard work he put in on his map of the towns in The Great Gatsby as the visual aspect of his final project. If you sold tickets for a lesson, would you be teaching to an empty room? This EXPERIENCE had students I don’t even have in class coming in to read and listen to poetry in McNally’s Coffee House. If you sold tickets to your lesson, would you be teaching to an empty room? I wouldn’t be! Students who have always hated poetry were able to find poems they enjoyed and related to and share them with peers and other teachers. If you sold tickets to your lesson, would you be teaching to an empty room? I wouldn’t! If you sold tickets to a lesson, would you be teaching to an empty room? I wouldn’t! I even got fellow teachers in on my lesson. This is Mr. Romick reading a SLAM poem about dating. We hit the great outdoors for inspiration for our nature haikus. Students wrote their haikus, then tweeted them with #mcnallytweets to share with peers. They also tweeted pictures of their inspirations to my class Twitter @MrsMcNallyClass Teaching in West Virginia has perks! Our campus is beautiful year round. We hit the great outdoors for inspiration for our nature haikus. I let students vote on what type of final they would like to have. I think it is important to let students take the driver’s seat in their education. School is, after all, about them. I wasn’t shocked to see a close vote, but ultimately, the projects won out in the end. This student combined the traditional Q&A with a visual aid. He shows us how he connected with a quote from The Crucible. Can you believe 10th graders had no idea what lechery was? After they found out, “lecher” became one of the class’ favorite insults to throw around. Understanding new vocabulary and connecting on a personal level helped my students bring The Crucible to life. Bethany College’s Dr. Grimes came to speak with my classes and tell his world famous ghost stories. These stories are legendary in the fall at Bethany. I wanted to plan a spooky Halloween mini-unit, and kept thinking of my former professor’s extraordinary story-telling. I reached out and asked him to come to John Marshall to speak to my students. He was able to squeeze us into his schedule, and the students loved every minute. You could have heard a pin drop when Dr. Grimes was speaking. He had the kids (and me) captivated. So great to bring one of my favorite parts of college to my high school students and get to reconnect with one of my greatest inspirations. After Dr. Grimes’ visit, the students wrote their own spooky story inspired by a person or place from our school’s home county, Marshall County, West Virginia.