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Smoky into spring break

I smell pretty smoky, which usually makes me think of summer and night time fires and grilling, but today’s smokiness was caused by our annual burning of the Constitution tests which the students took in the fall. There is a … Continue reading

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Post History Fair

Tonight was the history fair, a culmination of 5 intense weeks of work, which included nearly four dozen different research topics, four dozen different resource needs, four dozen outlines, four dozen annotated works cited lists, the crafting of four dozen theses, … Continue reading

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Problem – Olney – Pullman = No problem

In our Pullman debates today (our attempt to resolve the labor issues in the Pullman Strike of 1894), KM, who was playing Governor John Peter Altgeld, reduced it all down to a mathematical equation—Attorney General Richard Olney and George Pullman … Continue reading

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Coronet Instructional Film 1947

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Though it looks like dinner, it’s really our supper.

This morning in advisory, we made pancakes to celebrate the end of February—the shortest month of the year, the longest month of the year. Definitely a calendrical paradox. The pancakes were warm, filled with chocolate chips, covered with bountiful maple … Continue reading

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Arctic survival safety valve

I think it’s the cold or maybe the six more inches of snow we got the other night or the report of the anticipated millionth snow storm predicted for this weekend. Maybe it’s the traffic jams or the slippery streets … Continue reading

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Celebration

I went to a funeral this morning for an old friend. She was 96, had a full and rich life, and was fairly healthy until the last couple of years. She was able to live pretty much independently in her … Continue reading

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Trampolines and chopping wood

In the midst of studying complex primary source documents of Reconstruction, experiencing incredibly frigid tempera- tures, and maneuvering our way through massive and very noisy  construction work being done at school, EK and MG provided the perfect distraction— trampolines and … Continue reading

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HITACHI, cause of the Civil War

We are setting the scene for Reconstruction by exploring the causes of the Civil War. I assigned pairs of students a single cause that they researched and presented to the class using powerpoint. The students took notes during each presentation … Continue reading

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Eighth graders annotate Fahrenheit 451

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