Tag Archives: adolescents

End of my last planning week

It is actually bittersweet (more sweet than bitter) that this is the last time I will experience a planning week. I will be retiring this June and will never again have to sit through so many meetings about lockers and … Continue reading

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Clamorous chorus of adolescent pandemonium

Today I drove the school mini bus to help a friend out who had recently had some surgery on her foot. She is teaching a summer school class on Chicago and today was a field trip to the Chicago History … Continue reading

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Field Trip statistics

Tuesday through Friday: Total steps—81,841 Miles walked—33.06 Floors climbed—119 (walking up the path to Monticello accounted for a lot of these) Calories burned—9825 Total number of minutes interacting with 115 adolescents: 3,578

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Before the harsh neon lights of the school day get turned on

In the morning, I often don’t turn all the classroom lights on. At least not right away. It feels too harsh, too bright. If some student happens to flip on all the switches when they come in the room all … Continue reading

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The Y chromosome

I came into the classroom this morning and found three of the boys in my advisory laying on the big table tossing wads of paper or colored markers or paper plates toward the tall wastebasket in the corner of the room. … Continue reading

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I teach middle school students…

….need I say more? (I love my job.)

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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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