Tag Archives: Education

Seventeen Reasons Why Football Is Better Than High School

Because I will be retiring in June, I am going through boxes of files, dispersing some, recycling the rest. My goal is to leave my job on the very last day with no more than a shoebox. No schlepping of … 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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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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Diversity Day

Today was Diversity Day at school. All the teachers and staff prepared and taught workshops on issues of diversity that are of interest to them. There were workshops on the Chinese Immigration to the United States, Inclusion and Disability, Urban Planning and … Continue reading

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“Oh no I got distracted by drawing lines on my hand.”

A student has been sharing with me the peripheral entries in her journal/notebook after class on most days. Today, and with great pride, she showed me her entry in her journal and then the actual hand it was based on … Continue reading

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Ken Robinson: Full Body Education

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Classroom choreography

It’s only Day Three of school with the students and I feel exhausted. The pace of teaching is obviously so very different from the pace of a laid back summer. It’s only Day Three and my antennae are already up … Continue reading

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Parent/ Student/ Teacher conferences

I had parent/ student/ teacher conferences today from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm this afternoon with a twenty minute break for lunch. Some of these interactions were easy. Others were rather intense. A few invigorating. I’m emotionally exhausted. Sometimes I wonder … Continue reading

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Teacher Appreciation Week: How We Can Show Teachers the Love

I worked with Bill Ayers for many years in the Golden Apple Scholars Program, working with education majors to become empowered and confident teachers, who advocate for their working conditions and for their students. He and his brother Rick have … Continue reading

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All fired up

We have been waiting to burn our Constitution tests for some time now. Because we receive federal funding, we are to destroy the tests that the students take. I think it has something to do with students cheating, giving the … Continue reading

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