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Last day

Today was the last day in my classroom. I am now retired.

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Misochronism and 8th grade graduation

The end of the school year is enormously busy. And if one is retiring, activities are even further ramped up— including this year being asked by the student body to deliver the faculty address at 8th grade graduation. It is … Continue reading

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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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Some middle school students’ answers on their World War I test

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Wordless three-ring circus

I do a lot of group work in my classroom so instead of desks we have a variety of large tables, four of them to be exact. There are lots of ways we arrange them depending on what we are … Continue reading

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Lockdown. Lockdown. Lockdown.

Today as I was walking down the arts wing of my school, a lockdown drill was announced over the PA system. “This is a drill. This is a lockdown. Lockdown. Lockdown.” About a month ago we had a lockdown drill, … Continue reading

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Divine Guidance

Yesterday in class, the students made presentations to the rest of us in preparation for our Chicago History Fair that evening. After each student shared their research, the rest of us would fill out a sheet which would give responses … Continue reading

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