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13 and 14 year olds on a beautiful spring day

This is a photo of some of my students on our way back from visiting our “little buddies,” a group of kindergartners with whom we have partnered. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

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My Bucket List with Eric Foner

It was the last day of 8th grade today. Next week is graduation rehearsal and graduation, but today was the last day of classes. I had a big pile of papers to get back to my students and I actually … Continue reading

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Just another day in Middle School

A Buddhist monk in orange robes sashaying to the Biomedical ethics class, voices singing “Mon Amant de Saint Jean” wafting through the hallways accompanied by my colleague’s enthusiastic and virtuoso accordion playing, and a presentation to the class of a … Continue reading

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Walt Whitman: a middle schooler at heart

Today is Walt Whitman’s birthday, so how appropriate that today was our “stalking day.” Each year, after exploring Whitman’s Song of Myself, I have my students go out into the school and the community, and play the flaneur, observing and … Continue reading

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The rabbi in Pullman

The Pullman debates were today. Listening to my students, working in characters in groups of two or three, as George Pullman (dressed in tails), Attorney General Olney (in a proper beard and a suit accompanied with a light saber), Governor Altgeld, … Continue reading

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The students absorbing tonight’s homework assignment

(Research topics have been chosen. Now the students are on their own to immerse themselves in their topics. HW= Homework and yes, as WA made very clear, the word “understand” is on the board twice…with good reason.) 

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The Hannukah Cowboy (Chaim the Kid), Apocalypse homework for Friday, CC’s answer to number 47 on the Fahrenheit Vocabulary test, and TR’s weather report for the week (in french!).

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“Back out”

So, at the end of a class if there are 5 or so minutes left, I pull out my Mrs. Robinson cards. The kids love it. They are cards which pose ethical questions. I ask a student to come forward … Continue reading

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Why Middle School is such a bipolar experience

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Will you visit our school?

We have finished reading Warriors Don’t Cry and I have asked my students to write Melba Patillo Beals a letter expressing how they felt about the book and asking her to come visit us in Chicago. Melba is one of … Continue reading

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