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About this blog: I am a language arts teacher at Crittenden Middle School and the facilitator of the CMS Panther Pen blog. I grew up in the Bay Area and I love it here. I went to school in Santa Clara, and studied literature and political science ...  (More)

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Welcome to the 2013 School Year!

Uploaded: Aug 25, 2013
Come August 1st I start getting antsy. It's not that I don't love and cherish my summer adventures with my family, or that I didn't really need a few weeks of rest to recharge; I just really, really love my job and can't wait to get back to it. I've even been known to skip on the first day of school. All summer I thought about the exciting new things I'm going to try, and how I can make this year even better than last. I've planned audacious projects for my Exploratory English elective (thank you, Google 20% project!), worked with my amazing 7th grade ELA partner to integrate Common Core into units, and dreamed up a thousand new ideas for how to make good lessons great. I'm psyched to be back at work, with people I love, in a school that feels like home. I'm already in love with my classes, and can't wait to get all of my ideas for the new school year underway.

As the year moves on, look for student writing in this space. We will be writing about all manner of topics, and while I'm never sure what craziness my students will turn in, I can always be sure that their writing reflects who they are and the values that they hold dear. We can't wait to see what you have to say, and look forward to engaging in dialogue with our Mountain View community.

Welcome back, it's going to be a great year!

Cheers, Ms. Brandy Jenson

Comments

Posted by Don B, a resident of another community,
on Aug 29, 2013 at 7:44 am

I had to read it twice, but I realized you said "skip on the first day of school" and not "skip the first day of school". Great read - makes me miss my school days.


Posted by A Parent, a resident of another community,
on Aug 29, 2013 at 10:51 am

Welcome back to another great year!


Posted by Seven Nelson, a resident of Cuesta Park,
on Aug 30, 2013 at 1:29 pm

I think writing is the hardest thing kids learn in school. It's harder than spelling, reading, math or science because of the creative and technical aspects that have to work together at an early age. Glad to see a Crittenden teacher is upping the game.


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