Tag Archives: 8th grade

Respite from school

Yesterday a small group of students and I did some clean-up work in Washington Park not far from school. The weather was absolutely perfect— that mystical gray of almost rain without any hint of chill in the air. Armed with … Continue reading

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It takes a village

This is a shout out to JB who, knowing what my hibernation with 8th grade first draft research papers entails, brought up to my desk a surprise lunch, a sprig of fresh marjoram newly pushing through the surface of wintered … Continue reading

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The Constitution and s’mores

Today was the annual burning of our Constitution tests and, as I am retiring this June, perhaps the last time it will happen on school grounds. We are required to destroy these nationally mandated tests because of the off chance … Continue reading

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ER’s Fine Tea Selections

I was going through an old pile of papers in the rear of my desk and came across the papers pictured above. About 10 years ago, ER was in my 8th grade class. He was hyperactive (and also a bit … Continue reading

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8th grade logic

This morning during advisory I asked my advisees how the year was going so far. They said it seemed alright, OK. Nothing brilliant or sparkling. Sure it was school I was asking them about and they were speaking in front … Continue reading

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8th grade energy

Last week in class we put together boxes that each student will fill with symbols of stories in his/her life that helped to shape who they are. We have talked about not being literal in their choices of items which … Continue reading

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Field trip on steroids

I’m in Washington DC with 125 8th graders and 12 colleagues for four days. No more need be said.

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The annual burn

Every year we burn our Constitution tests. Because our school receives federal funding we are mandated to give a Constitution test in the 8th grade and then mandated to destroy it just in case an upcoming 8th grader lays their … Continue reading

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Letting the Constitution get under your skin

Yes, it’s that time of year. A week from today the 8th graders at our school will take the Constitution test. Because our school receives federal funding, 8th graders are required to pass this test in order to graduate and … Continue reading

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What It Is

Each year, the 8th grade advisors get to select a book for each of their advisees which is given to them at their 8th grade graduation. This is always a daunting but satisfying task, figuring out which book to give … Continue reading

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