|Jane Kelley at USM - Click to view gallery|
Once both grades assembled in the theater, Mrs. Kelley read aloud from Nature Girl and described some of the inspiration behind the story. Throughout the novel, Megan, the protagonist, battles the "yucky voice" in her head - the voice of self-doubt. Mrs. Kelley explained that this is the voice talking in our heads giving us all the reasons we will never reach our goals and dreams. She quoted Sylvia Plath, "The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." Rather than being intimidated by the blank page, Mrs. Kelley said we should be excited by it. "Everybody has to start any creative process the same way - a blank page," she explained. "It's exciting because you can fill it with your ideas and plans."
Without a doubt, Mrs. Kelley encouraged some aspiring authors on Wednesday and, if nothing else, she inspired many of us to ignore the "yucky voices" in our heads. She made me feel like I have novel inside just waiting to be written!
If students have any additional questions for her, Mrs. Kelley would welcome an email at www.janekelleybooks.com.
|Playing Password - Click to view photo gallery|
In preparation for The Outsiders vocabulary quiz, students spent some time reviewing this week. Robert Marzano indicates that one of the most effective ways to review is by playing games. Luckily for us, this proved to be a great opportunity to play Password. While one student sits with her back to the SmartBoard, her team tries to get her to guess the vocabulary term projected on the screen. The clincher was that only the guesser could use words, the rest of the team was relegated to acting. Not only was the game fun, but it was challenging and it forced students to activate different schema in order to be successful. Students took the quiz on Thursday and can expect their grades on Monday. After the three-day weekend, we will begin next week by working on The Outsiders book projects.