Category Archives: Teaching

Last day

Today was the last day in my classroom. I am now retired.

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Misochronism and 8th grade graduation

The end of the school year is enormously busy. And if one is retiring, activities are even further ramped up— including this year being asked by the student body to deliver the faculty address at 8th grade graduation. It is … Continue reading

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Teachers on a four day trip to Washington DC with 130 8th graders

The photo above is what teachers indulge in when they are on a four day trip with 130 high energy and healthy 8th graders in Washington DC and they can’t have a drink. The photos below are some of what … Continue reading

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Some middle school students’ answers on their World War I test

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Wordless three-ring circus

I do a lot of group work in my classroom so instead of desks we have a variety of large tables, four of them to be exact. There are lots of ways we arrange them depending on what we are … Continue reading

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Divine Guidance

Yesterday in class, the students made presentations to the rest of us in preparation for our Chicago History Fair that evening. After each student shared their research, the rest of us would fill out a sheet which would give responses … Continue reading

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Sweet endings

With our Pullman debates yesterday how serendipitous it was to learn that it is George Pullman’s birthday today. The other day I ordered a birthday cake for each class with a Thomas the Tank Engine on top and the words … Continue reading

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