Becky Boer

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July 21, 2018


An Homage to Dickens

It’s only been recently that I’ve read anything by Charles Dickens. I started with Great Expectations. I thought it was clever and funny, and full of amusing, interesting characters. Then I read A Tale of Two Cities, and fell completely in love with it. I love the history, the love triangle, the relationship between Lucie and Dr. Manette, and most of all, I just love Dickens and his way with words. So much so that I got it tattooed on myself forever. “And when you see your own  ...

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My Classroom Non-Negotiables

In my last blog entry, I considered ways that my beliefs have changed since I started teaching back in 2004. There are a lot. And of course, that’s a good thing. If there ever comes a point in my career when I stop learning, growing, and changing, I need to leave the classroom. One of the things that seems particularly striking to me now is how much my beliefs have changed regarding lesson plans. During my student teaching, the second grade team that I worked with used a gridded  ...

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In a Dark, Dark Wood

I know that this book has some quite negative reviews, but that didn’t deter me one bit. The fact is, I’m easy to entertain, and I’m terrible at solving mysteries. Maybe those two things contributed to me liking this book so much, I don’t know. I just know that I read it in three days, and would have finished it sooner than that if I hadn’t, you know, had a life to deal with. I was fascinated with the setup – a group of (mostly) strangers, alone in a big  ...

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