a quote from my favorite author

“The most solid advice, though, for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

-William Saroyan, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze

Sunday, March 29, 2015


March 13, 2013

Who knows what the meaning of subterfuge is?

{crickets chirping}

{tumbleweeds rolling through the room}

So, as we read this chapter, pay close attention to see if the author gives us a clue as to the meaning of the chapter title.

{read sentence in which subterfuge is found, which also contains obvious context clues}

Raise your hand if you can figure out the meaning of subterfuge now.

{most of the class raises hands}

{read to end of chapter}

So, J (you had your hand up before), what might subterfuge mean based on its use here?

“What?  I don’t know.” J is not a defiant student.  This answer is completely earnest.  His voice is absent of attitude.

But you had your hand up.  I thought you figured out what it meant.

“What?  No.  You asked who could figure out the meaning.  I could figure out the meaning using the context clues.  I just didn’t.” 

I am always learning.  I know better than to think I have it all figured out, yet I was blindsided by J’s response.  To think that a student is completely aware he has the skills to be successful, but doesn’t seem to really get that it would benefit him to apply the skills without personal prompting…this gives me pause.

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