Monthly Archives: January 2011

Modified Traditional Bargaining–Any bets?

I will be serving on my union’s negotiating team for our next contract. There will be six of us negotiating with three representatives of the administration. Both sides have agreed to a new approach in negotiations called MTB or Modified … Continue reading

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The whole picture of them

I have been working on grades all day—writing narrative assessments about each one of my students. I will probably be working on them all day tomorrow too.  Though it is a lot of hard work and a piece of me … Continue reading

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8th grade Signs

Every Friday I run a club called “Short Films.” Today I showed this romantic short (above). The kids loved it. LE slowly rose out of his chair into a standing position as the movie reached its climax. He is a … Continue reading

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“In the evening we shall be examined….” Thomas Centolella

“In the evening we shall be examined on love.” -St. John of the Cross And it won’t be multiple choice, though some of us would prefer it that way. Neither will it be essay, which tempts us to run on … Continue reading

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Yo, nation-builder

As I was walking down the hall today, I bumped into TJ, who was shoving books into his locker. He smiled and said, “Ms. Y, you are a nation-builder.” “Yes I am,” I answered. CL, with his blue knitted hat … Continue reading

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Virginia in the waves

I have always been intrigued with Virginia Woolf, as much with the dreamy stream of consciousness of her writing as with her life and dramatic death (putting on her overcoat, filling its pockets with stones, so she would be weighted … Continue reading

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Spread the word…

Indeed! Adopt-a-word. This is a plea from Oxford Dictionaries/ Oxford University Press: Each year hundreds of words are dropped from the English language. Old words, wise words, hard-working words. Words that once led meaningful lives, but now lie unused, unloved … Continue reading

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