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Reaping the results of the conscientious, earnest, and dedicated efforts of my colleagues

Yesterday my 8th graders had their first Around Table discussions of the year. The Around Table is a structure of formalized classroom discussion that allows the students to be totally in control of the conversation. They don’t raise their hands … Continue reading

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“First Faculty Meeting of the Year” by Lisa Nikolidakis

Andy Thomason , a writer at The Chronicle, is actually collecting images of this completed bingo card, originally posted on McSweeneys. After your first faculty meeting (if you are so inclined), send your image to andy.thomason@chronicle.com and follow up with … 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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No skin in the game

After school today we had a department meeting. After some sharing of announcements, we got into an intense discussion concerning scheduling changes for the entire middle school. There were issues concerning the hours for Humanities classes being cut and a … Continue reading

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Guru Purnima

Today is the Indian festival of Guru Purnima, a celebration of  gratitude to teachers, both academic and spiritual. In sanskrit, gu means darkness or ignorance and ru means the remover of that darkness. Purnima means full moon and this day … Continue reading

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Peonies in December

For the past several years, I have served as president of our union. It has not been the easiest of responsibilities. It took enormous amounts of time and energy, and sometimes I found myself beset with issues that presented moral … Continue reading

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A three mile prom

Last night the union at our school sponsored a “prom” in the cafeteria for faculty, staff, and administration. The tongue-in-cheek event encouraged creative attire from Madonna a la “Desperately Seeking Susan” to tuxedoes and prom dresses and lots of jeans … Continue reading

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