Sunday, December 28, 2014

2015 Resolutions

I am linking up with Second Grade Nest

I need to exude more compassion, interest, and intelligence in general. I seem like I don't care too often because I don't want to seem like a bitch. I need to be more vocal. If something is bothering me, I need to let my inner aggressively assertive (aka bossy side) out.

I love to read, but really need to branch out from what I typically read. I've heard of this challenge and always wanted to do it, so here is to 2015 being the year. I also want to continue to grow the book club that I organize and to help my students develop a love of books. 

Be more confident and assertive at work. It's my first year, but I am smart and educated and know a lot. I can make a difference in my school, I just need to let other people know that.

I want to double the size of my TPT store in the next year. This is my first year, and I feel like I am off to a good start, but I want to keep pushing myself through the second year. 

Go to the gym or get outside to work out. Who knows, maybe I will rekindle my love of working out this year. I used to love to go to the gym. In recent years it has become more and more of a chore. I need to find that passion for exercise and for my health again. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Divergent discussion questions for the classroom

Lately the kids in my room have been reading The Divergent series.

The series has been great for them. It has led to a lot of different conversations about what they want for the future and what the problems with going to extemes of your personality are. I have kids with emotional/behavior disorders and kids on the autism spectrum, so it has been eye opening to them.

Some things that we have talked about.


Why is it important to have people in the world who do things for others?

What is the problem with only doing things for others?

Why is this not the ideal person to be? 

Should the President be Abnegation?


What is the different between being brave and being a bully?


It's good to be smart, but why shouldn't you think of youself as better then others for being smart?

Is being smart the key to being successful?


What is the problem with just farming and smoking pot?

Why wouldn't you want to live that kind of life?


Why should you try to not see things as black and white?

Why don't we just go around saying whatever we think (being honest)?

What are the problems with being too honest?