Comma Queen

The blog of a first year writing teacher.

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This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals—sounds that say listen to this, it is important.

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Words, man. Words.

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I’ve been looking for this!

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This week in summary

Behavior kid pops his/her head in my room, hands me a book that I recommended and says, “This was a REALLY good book.” He/She has been carrying it, solely it around for days and days. Then vanishes into disruptive, disrespectful, craziness again. When you get glimpses of the maturity he/she is capable of, I’m in awe. 

Trashcan used as vomit receptacle. 

My classroom no longer smells like an armpit. Success!

I laughed and laughed with my 7th hour. They are sometimes trouble, but I’m taking their energy in stride. 

"Ms. __, be my bodyguard. Ms. __ is my body guard so you can’t touch me!!" yelled in the hallway to the ‘big’ kids. 

Kids opening up, telling their stories, feeling safe. 

That student being able to get in control and have a good day after a rough start. 

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Even in the most adverse conditions, the work of a good teacher ought to be an act of stalwart celebration. It is in that sense of celebration, in my own belief at least, that teachers who have chosen out of love to work with children find their ultimate reward.

Jonathan Kozol

Day 22-seeking joy today.

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We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive.
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