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CRITTENDEN PANTHER PEN

With a Perspective....

One of my favorite projects in Exploratory English is our Perspectives assignment. After studying many NPR Perspectives pieces, each student writes a piece that...

Original post made by Ms. Jenson on Dec. 16, 2014
There are no comments yet. 422 Views

CRITTENDEN PANTHER PEN

Crittenden Chronicle, Hot off the press!

Join me in congratulating our student journalists from the 8th grade Exploratory class on an outstanding first edition of their newspaper! I am so proud of all of...

Original post made by Ms. Jenson on Dec. 4, 2014
Last comment by Ms. Jenson, on Dec 5, 2014 at 11:39 am | 1 comment | 532 Views

CRITTENDEN PANTHER PEN

Just Because I Cheer

Hello! Here is our first Panther Pen student piece. This writing came out of an assignment for students to write about something that they feel passionately...

Original post made by Ms. Jenson on Mar. 22, 2013
Last comment by Corporate Gifts, on Nov 6, 2014 at 1:47 pm | 3 comments | 1650 Views

CRITTENDEN PANTHER PEN

Because Mothers Are Amazing

I am sharing another "Person I Admire" speech from my Exploratory class. Many speeches were about parents, but this one resonated with many students in the class,...

Original post made by Ms. Jenson on Oct. 3, 2014
Last comment by Steven Nelson, on Oct 7, 2014 at 5:02 pm | 2 comments | 865 Views

CRITTENDEN PANTHER PEN

Who do I admire? My students.

Each year in my Exploratory elective we end our Public Speaking unit with a speech about "A Person I Admire," and every year I am blown away by the sincerity, thoughtfulness,...

Original post made by Ms. Jenson on Sep. 22, 2014
Last comment by Steven Nelson, on Sep 26, 2014 at 10:46 am | 2 comments | 744 Views

CRITTENDEN PANTHER PEN

Challenge from CMS: What has reading taught you?

"If you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything." This is one of my favorite quotes about the importance of reading...

Original post made by Ms. Jenson on Sep. 5, 2014
Last comment by Steven Nelson, on Sep 16, 2014 at 4:38 pm | 6 comments | 965 Views

CRITTENDEN PANTHER PEN

To My Daughters' Future Teachers

As I get ready to head back into the classroom this fall, my daughters are getting ready to start PreK and K. I find myself anxious, almost terrified really, of...

Original post made by Ms. Jenson on Aug. 1, 2014
Last comment by Diane, on Aug 16, 2014 at 10:43 am | 4 comments | 1677 Views

CRITTENDEN PANTHER PEN

Crittenden Hosts Startup Weekend

by Matthew H., 8th grader, CMS On the last weekend of spring break, Crittenden hosted the first ever Startup Weekend for middle school students only. Before...

Original post made by Ms. Jenson on Apr. 22, 2014
Last comment by Ms. Jenson, on Apr 22, 2014 at 9:22 am | 1 comment | 4423 Views

CRITTENDEN PANTHER PEN

Lessons from the Trenches

Last May, in the midst of CSTs, final projects, grading, and prepping students to move on to their next academic milestone, my boss asked me if I'd be interested...

Original post made by Ms. Jenson on Feb. 12, 2014
Last comment by Ms. Jenson, on Feb 13, 2014 at 10:39 am | 1 comment | 2005 Views

CRITTENDEN PANTHER PEN

Silence the Monster - Just Write

Silence the Monster - Just Write by Ms. Jenson My four year old writes with zeal. She's so excited to be able to craft letters that have meaning and can be read...

Original post made by Ms. Jenson on Oct. 26, 2013
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CRITTENDEN PANTHER PEN

This perspective is to be continued...

Hi! In the following piece, eighth grade student Alexis reflects on the journey of her life so far, and prepares to face whatever is ahead the only way she knows...

Original post made by Ms. Jenson on Oct. 17, 2013
There are no comments yet. 984 Views

CRITTENDEN PANTHER PEN

Preaching to a Wall

I love NPR Perspectives, and now so do my 8th grade Exploratory students! This writing is another Perspectives piece, written in the style of the very popular radio...

Original post made by Ms. Jenson on Oct. 9, 2013
Last comment by Paul Kingsley, on Oct 9, 2013 at 4:26 pm | 1 comment | 1013 Views

CRITTENDEN PANTHER PEN

Acoustic Guitars, Country Music, The Farm, and Rusty Trucks

Hi! This writing came out of an assignment for students to write about something that they feel passionately about. In the perspective below, Ana explores her "country...

Original post made by Ms. Jenson on Oct. 3, 2013
There are no comments yet. 1462 Views

CRITTENDEN PANTHER PEN

Busy busy busy!

It's been a whirlwind start to the school year! Between meeting all of my new students, setting up routines, and learning how to use my Chromebooks, I seem to have...

Original post made by Ms. Jenson on Oct. 2, 2013
There are no comments yet. 877 Views

CRITTENDEN PANTHER PEN

Welcome to the 2013 School Year!

Come August 1st I start getting antsy. It's not that I don't love and cherish my summer adventures with my family, or that I didn't really need a few weeks...

Original post made by Ms. Jenson on Aug. 25, 2013
Last comment by Seven Nelson, on Aug 30, 2013 at 1:29 pm | 3 comments | 8697 Views

CRITTENDEN PANTHER PEN

Good bye, CMS Class of 2013!

Last week I had the pleasure of listening to 11 amazing 8th grade promotion speeches. I laughed, I cried, and realized that I am genuinely sad to be losing this...

Original post made by Ms. Jenson on Jun. 5, 2013
There are no comments yet. 4005 Views

CRITTENDEN PANTHER PEN

Overheard at Crittenden

State testing is over, the 8th graders are looking forward to high school, and summer is so close we can almost taste it. As the year winds down, middle school students...

Original post made by Ms. Jenson on May. 23, 2013
There are no comments yet. 1772 Views

CRITTENDEN PANTHER PEN

Celebrities, Gossip, and Us

This week's piece was a final writing assignment for the young adult novel The Gospel According to Larry by Janet Tashjian. It is written in the style of the main...

Original post made by Ms. Jenson on May. 1, 2013
Last comment by Wo\'O Ideafarm, on May 8, 2013 at 8:45 pm | 1 comment | 1640 Views

CRITTENDEN PANTHER PEN

Love is Love

Hello! This writing came out of an assignment for students to write about something that they feel passionately about. The perspective below is a reflection on love...

Original post made by Ms. Jenson on Apr. 5, 2013
Last comment by Charlene Viera, on May 3, 2013 at 5:24 pm | 5 comments | 2637 Views

CRITTENDEN PANTHER PEN

From There to Here

Hello! This week's student piece is a reflection on how a move of even a few miles (in this case, just 37) can have a big impact . Enjoy, Ms. Jenson *****************************...

Original post made by Ms. Jenson on Apr. 25, 2013
There are no comments yet. 1359 Views
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