Monthly Archives: September 2012

Open House

It was Open House tonight. I had xeroxed syllabi and overviews. Organized forms and papers that needed to be signed. Had some good stories to share. I am always looking for ways to clearly communicate to parents about my approach … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Mike Royko (1932-1997)

Mike Royko’s (1932-1997) birthday is today. For those of you outside of the Chicago area, Royko was a gritty, blue collar, sarcastic, humorous newspaper columnist who wrote for the Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune, always poking at the … Continue reading

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In the first part of the year my students and I discuss what truth is, how we can navigate through the flood of rhetoric and persuasion we are exposed to every day. We read the diary entries of the British … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

(one of my grandmother’s postcards)

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Tavi and Rookie

Each year I give my students a personal survey, a list of many questions I want them to answer that help me learn who they are. On several of the completed surveys this year, I learned of a website for … Continue reading

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Student standing next to bizarre mushroom on playground

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“Morning Poem” by Mary Oliver

Every morning the world is created. Under the orange sticks of the sun the heaped ashes of the night turn into leaves again and fasten themselves to the high branches — and the ponds appear like black cloth on which … Continue reading

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“A Little Fable” by Franz Kafka

“Alas,” said the mouse, “the whole world is growing smaller every day. At the beginning it was so big that I was afraid, I kept running and running, and I was glad when I saw walls far away to the … Continue reading

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A beautifully moving film brought to my attention by my friend MH. “A film about place and memory, a farmhouse in Japan, and the lives of the people who called it home.”

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