An article in Forbes Magazine cites several research studies about how gum chewing can possibly increase alertness, improve memory, lower anxiety, and accomplish a host of other good things. Chewing gum before taking a test may help improve the result, apparently by stimulating the brain with increased blood flow.
It's been a hectic several weeks with lots of writing practice. Students have been preparing for the district writing prompt. The focus has been descriptive writing. Descriptive writing is an art form. It's painting a word picture so that the reader "sees" exactly what the writer is describing. Students have looked at various ways to "hook" the reader with catchy beginnings, figurative language, vivid verbs, adjectives, and writing components to “show not tell”.
Today the student writing samples were delivered to central office and Room 100 celebrated because we didn't just write - -we were able to "blow the top off this writing assessment."
Thanks, Shannon, for the cute font.