FIRST: Our mission is to help parents teach their children grammar and writing skills.
SECOND: We will focus on helping fifth, sixth, and seventh-grade students.
THIRD: Our materials supplement the programs children are using at school or at home.
FOURTH: We will model how to structure a year’s course of study.
FIFTH: We will offer sequenced lessons that build on each other like math lessons, not just a bunch of worksheets.
SIXTH: We will focus on sentence structure and revision strategies, as well as suggested writing activities.
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When the pioneers first settled southern Utah, they began with a tent, slates and a few books for their school. Later they met in homes and other buildings. Finally, in 1901, a new building called Woodward School was completed. George Woodward, who the school is named after, donated 3,000 dollars to pay for the hardware, glass, and heating plant for the building. This school is where I began my teaching career.
My first year at Woodward was challenging for me because I was a “rover class.” The school was on a year-round schedule, meaning classes would track-on and track-off throughout the year, leaving empty rooms for the rover classes to be housed. At the end of every third week, I rotated to a different room, over and over again through three different rooms, twelve rotations in all. I can’t believe I did all that roving.
Rooms in Woodward School had chalk dusted blackboards, creaky wooden floors, and drafty high ceilings. To make copies, I flew down one flight of steep stairs, crossed a busy street into another old brick building and up to two more flights of dusty stairs, all while carrying my heavy, bulky, colored reams of paper.
During the school year, I worried about getting my students off the second floor and out of the building safely during an emergency. There were no fire escapes, just two skinny, steep staircases for the students on the second floor.
Thankfully, we did have adequate teaching supplies and books, despite the problems and challenges the old building presented.
I taught at Woodward School for four years before moving on to a sparkling-clean building named Coral Cliffs Elementary. Woodward School closed one year later. It has since been remodeled and is now an official historical site.
As you follow me throughout the year, you may find fun, entertaining stories about Woodward School in “nooks and crannies” of TeacherWrite.
This electronic online classroom is found in “Woodward Land,” where the old greets the new.
Located across the street from Woodward School is Judd’s Store, a small candy shop built around the turn of the 20th century. It has a white wood front squared at the roof line, an over-sized door with a humongous metal handle, and an earthy-green canopy hanging from the top of the windowsill out over the walkway. Students from Woodward School frequented the store at lunch. It was considered part of the closed campus.
Because of the store’s small size, the boys went on one day and the girls went on the alternate day. Boys’ day and girls’ day was a “big deal.” On their day, they would squeeze into the store like a bunch of Vienna Sausage in a can, waiting for their turn to point to a Big Hunk or some other sweet treat in the glass display case. The students enjoyed the quaint, simpler times at the locally-owned candy store.
Judd’s Store is still in business with lunch specials, hot bread, ice cream and, of course, a large selection of candy. Gone are the hordes of kids, traded in for a more adult clientele.
Woodward School and Judd’s Store are two peas-in-a-pod. Both are still used, needed and loved for a remembrance of yesteryear. They are located in Woodward Land, where the old greets the new. (You may find fun, entertaining stories about Woodward Land in the “nooks and crannies” of TeacherWrite.)
Ten Class Guidelines to Happiness
FIRST: Have honor, truth, and goodness.
SECOND: Desire what is important to you.
THIRD: Choose carefully the words you speak.
FOURTH: Rest one day each week.
FIFTH: Honor your family.
SIXTH: Respect all living things.
SEVENTH: Control your thoughts, desires, and actions.
EIGHTH: Be honest in all you do and say.
NINTH: Be kind to those around you.
TENTH: Be grateful for all you have.
by P. Fugal
About the Author
You can let a job choose you, or you can choose a career. I chose to be a teacher. After my last kid started school, I went back to college to fulfill my dream of becoming the kind of teacher I never had.
After five years, I graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in elementary education and a minor in art. I have taught for over 17 years. Currently, I am working at an intermediate school as a core teacher for sixth grade.
CLASS MOTTO: “Success is often just trying, trying, and trying again.”
CLASS SONG: Don’t Laugh at Me by Mark Wills.
NEW HERO: Susan Boyle of Scotland.
In 2000, I was awarded Washington County Teacher of the Year by Sunny 93.5 FM and Color Country’s own KSCG 4 TV.
My hobbies are oil painting, playing the piano, and reading. Best of all is riding on the back of my husband’s VTX 1300 Honda. Our trips through colorful, movie land can’t be beat.
I love traveling around the world. China’s culture is intriguing. Plays from the Tang Dynasty will never be forgotten. Scotland, with castles, Honors, and stories of the 1320 Declaration of Arbroath, brings back memories of our own country’s founding. Fiji, an ocean front paradise, is filled with kind, loving people. I, of course, share my travel experiences with my students often.
Welcome to TeacherWrite, located in Woodward Land, where the old greets the new.