Christiana Challoner

I write. I teach. I caffeinate. 

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There’s No Room for the Weak in Oregon
17 days ago
Ever since the Captain Cook lesson, London has used cannibalism to get a rise out of her classmates. We’re in the middle of an Oregon Trail inspired game during our Westward Expansion unit and, instea...
Cannibalism Is Still Wrong
a month ago
It says something that the first words out of my mouth are, “No, that’s cannibalism and we’ve already discussed why that’s wrong.” It’s becoming an unfortunate catchphrase in our room, even long after...
No, We Can't Keep Her
2 months ago
“Ms. C, Lucy’s not back from the bathroom, and I really, really gotta go!” Poor Nat is doing the more dignified, eight-year-old version of the potty dance. It’s the first week of school, and I’m still...
Say No to Cannibalism
2 months ago
I teach fifth grade now. Our European Exploration unit is one of my favorites so far, especially the bit where the kids learn what really happened when Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492. Minds bl...
And Like Zoom, She Was Gone
2 months ago
It’s the beginning of August and I’m starting to question my decision to become a teacher. There is a stack of mock-standardized math tests on my desk, all waiting for the final question to be graded....
Joyful Rigor
a year ago
A little piece of my soul dies whenever I hear the word rigor. Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic. But when the word gets tossed around and interpreted in so many different ways, it’s hard not to feel ...