Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Beginning to Blog

I've enjoyed keeping a class blog this year, and have now challenged the grade 7 students to try it for themselves.

Each section of ELA 7 will have their own blog. Period 4 here:, period 6 here: and period 7 here:

On Friday, John Stack, who blogs for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise will be a guest speaker in class. He'll talk about how he became a blogger, where he gets his ideas, etc.

John is also a past competitor in the Lake Placid Ironman and blogged about that experience here.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Chivalry in Medieval Times

In honor of Winter Carnival, we've been reading about the legend of King Arthur. Today we discussed the idea of chivalry, and discussed whether it still exists. We watched this video clip, which seems to suggest that chivalry is dead.

I was pleased that many students argued that they see examples of chivalry at the middle school every day, including politeness and sacrificing for others.

Here's a link from the BBC that translates the chivalric code into modern terms for students.