"My name is Zoe. I am in fifth grade and go to a public school that has a farm and is getting chickens. I have five pets: a dog, a cat, one goldfish and two pet rats. I love all kinds of animals. I like to read about them, study them, watch them, pet them and play with them."
Zoe loves animals, and she writes about animals. She writes great things about animals. She writes her own things about animals. And I bet you dollars to doughnuts, she writes things you want to read. Her latest piece is an analysis of literature and an exploration of biology, all wrapped up into one tasteful, well-written package.
At a time when the classroom teacher is still widely viewed as the "head of the classroom," we have to ask: who's leading who?
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