Friday, May 8, 2009


Today some students from my fourth hour created Poet-tees for some poetry fun.

It knocked the socks off Poem in Your Pocket Day. Check it out:

Friday, December 12, 2008

Ric Dressen Reading Minutes

Superintendent Dr. Ric Dressen participated in the reading minute in hours 1, 2 and 3 today. Dr. Dressen read from Daniel Pink's book A Whole New Mind about the need for creative thinkers in the 21st Century and beyond. In addition to reading an excerpt from Pink's book, Dr. Dressen explained the differences between right and left brain thinking, and pointed out the fact that EPS is fostering an academic culture of creativity to meet the right-brained needs of the 21st Century. Dr. Dressen also spent time asking students about their creative activities at school and about their future career paths, commenting on how those career paths would involve "A Whole New Mind" to be successful. Thanks Dr. Dressen for the great reading minute.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Reading Minute: Jenni Norlin-Weaver

Jenni Norlin-Weaver, EPS's Director of Teaching and Learning, spent the afternoon of election day reading to English 10 students. She read a few excerpts from a book called Disrupting Class that explained the future of education that would encompass a greater emphasis on student-centered instruction and online learning.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Katy Kessler Reading Minute

Katy Kessler, EHS Coordinator of the Choice is Yours Program and Adviser of the Hip Hop Dance Club, spent Monday, Oct. 27 visiting each English 10 class. Katy read a selection from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. Many students were so hooked by Katy's reading that they vowed to purchase the book and read the entire thing.

Katy emailed the following after her day with the sophomores: "I had such a great time reading to your department’s 10th grade classes yesterday. I came across this poem this morning and it seemed beautifully appropriate. Please pass it along for me."

To the Woman
(We Think You’re a Teacher)
with the Books on the 2 Train

By some anonymous students

On the platform for the 2 train
you stand with a book in your hand
the pages open
Which is how you enter the train

Sometimes you smile, or frown
Once you even cried
on the train
when you were reading Night
and a man sitting across the aisle
said he cried too, when he read that book
and we thought,
we want to read that book
so we did

And then you were reading all those
basketball books
by Walter Dean Myers
so we read those too
speeding along on the 2 train
one time you saw us reading Slam
and you said
I love that book
and do you think Slam is going to make it in high

We do, we think he’s going to make it
Then you were reading some really hard stuff
Epistemology of the Closet, Postmodern Narrative
and we tried those, but we think you have to have read
the books those authors have read, if you want to read
their books

Our favorite is when you are reading poetry
Picnic, Lightning
and you lean back against the seat
and smile
and keep reading the same page
again and again
we do that now and it’s really nice

Last week you were reading The Life of Pi
and we rushed out to buy it
So we could be in the lifeboat
adrift in the blue, blue sea
with the boy, the Bengal Tiger, and you

If we don’t see you next year
on the train
Maybe sometime we’ll bump into each other on the
You’ll know us because
we’ll have books in our hands

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Mike Walker's Reading Minute

Mike Walker, the high school technology integration specialist, read a blog post to the students on using Facebook in educational settings. Mike read the blog post from his laptop as if the computer was a book. The opening to the post from the Mankato school's technology specialist stated that websites, like accused criminals, should be innocent until proven guilty. After reading the blog post, Mike solicited feedback from students on whether or not they felt that Facebook had educational value. Student opinions were mixed with reactions ranging from "with proper teacher direction Facebook could be educational" to "Facebook would be distracting at school." After students wrote their reading minute thesis statements, one student shared hers: "Blocking a website without really knowing it is like judging a book by its cover."

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Gwen Jackson Reading Minutes

Gwen Jackson, EPS's Director of Human Resources and Administrative Services, read on Monday, Oct. 13 from a book on women of influence, including a selection on Susan B. Anthony. The selection also included information on the disparity of pay for women vs. men.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Jenny Johnson Reading Minute

Activities Director Jenny Johnson visited fourth hour classes this week for the reading minute. She entertained the students not only with a description of her reading habits, but also with her reading selections from SeinLanguage by Jerry Seinfeld. Jenny read brief comedic quips about limos, answering machines, and remote controls. One student asked for Jenny to repeat the title of the book since he wanted to go out and try to find it at a bookstore.