The Students of Room Seven: A Poem

The Students of Room Seven

This week I share another of my poems with you.


The Students of Room Seven

by Rebecca Gettelman


Every day

An animated conundrum of

amped up emotions,

living, breathing rebellion, and

the desire to please.



Who make my day

an Enjoyable Adventure,

a Hair-Greying Happenstance,

a Life-Affirming Affair

of the heart and the mind and

my being.


Teach On!


Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Homeschooler, Staff, Not Grade Specific -


This Week’s Featured Product

“The Furnished Room” by O. Henry Short Story Lesson and Activity Pack
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Halloween is almost here.  This complete and ready-to-use lesson on O. Henry’s “The Furnished Room” is a great way to celebrate the holiday in your classroom.  For more details or to download this product, click here!


This Week’s Journal Questions

For the teacher:  What is the most scared you have ever been?  Looking back, was the fear reasonable?  How did you get through the experience?

For the student:  Use the question above, or if you don’t want something quite as deep:  In all the world, what do you find most terrifying?


A Recipe from My Kitchen:

Apple Pumpkin Cake

Apple Pumpkin Cake
Fall is in the air!


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • large egg
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar for dusting


  • Preheat oven to 325º.  Grease and flour an 8×4-inch loaf pan.  Set aside.
  • In a bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add egg and beat until well combined.  Stir in pumpkin, applesauce, and vanilla.
  • Add flour mixture and stir until combined.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan.  Smooth the top.
  • Bake for approximately 60-70 minutes until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean..
  • Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes in the pan.  Gently loosen the sides of the cake with a knife and turn out onto a wire rack.  Cool completely.
  • Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

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