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Post-grading musings

The mega stack of Fahrenheit papers graded. Finally. Some of them oh so painful to read. In fact, I only gave two A’s. Yes, these were written just a few days before the winter break. Yes, we were all ready … 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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In the pursuit of happiness…

For the past month we have been studying the Constitution. We have looked at political philosophers like John Locke. We have examined the Declaration of Independence. We have unscrambled the Preamble and connected it to the weaknesses of the Articles … Continue reading

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Ken Robinson: Full Body Education

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Didn’t you write a legal brief?

Maybe it was because I had just praised the whole class about how well they did on the last assignment, better than any class had done before. Maybe it was because the challenge was actually very engaging. Maybe it was … Continue reading

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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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Penultimate Year

For the past week, the teacher I share a classroom with and I have been cleaning our classroom. When we first walked into it last week it was trashed. There had been quite a bit of construction done in the … Continue reading

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