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I teach high school, and you wish you could.
I teach high school, and you wish you could.

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Poisoning the Well
There was a time when I resisted conspiracy theories-"black helicopters" if you will--as the nonsense of a delusional, paranoid public that has watched far too many movies. But the recent news out of Flint, along with other nefarious plans to profit off of ...

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Please, no more "drill, baby, drill"
  Aesop's fables were all the rage when I was in elementary school.  I don't really know if students read these any more, but I loved them.  The stories were short and the meaning was clear--and apparently memorable.  Throughout my life I have remembered on...

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Literacy is Empathy
The teaching of reading and writing goes far beyond imparting two very useful and necessary skills. Reading, of course, is basic to survival in our modern world (think: leases, contracts, small print on the credit card...) Writing, not so much, but is the s...

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Quoting Oliver Sacks
I'm nearly finished with the Oliver Sacks autobiography On the Move.  With an interest in writing and the brain, Sacks has been a great companion over the years.  He describes both his medical life and his life of writing. I will miss him when he's gone.  H...

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Moving from manipulation to motivation
So, been up to my eyeballs in research for a graduate
course: Foundations of Teacher
Leadership.   The reading is
interesting, but the writing and synthesis eat up all my spare(?) time. Still, can’t help but tie the reading to my professional
life since, we...

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Professional Conversation
I'll admit I was not too keen to get up on a Saturday morning in April at my usual "work hour," but I did hoist myself out of bed to meet with five other colleagues of the Shenandoah Valley Writing Project at 9 a.m.  Our meeting place was about a 50 minute ...

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On Teacher Leadership vs teacher leadership
Like a sore tooth I have been tonguing the problem of Teacher Leadership for about a year now.  It is a worrisome thing. It started last year when Arne Duncan launched his Teach to Lead program at the now annual Teaching and Learning Conference in Washingto...

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Not your Public School Anymore...
January 21 federal HELP (Heath, Education, Labor, and
Pension Committee) hearings begin on the federal No Child Left Behind law, (NCLB) which has been controlling the
work of public schools for twelve years.  View hearing here.

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More Joy...Less Stress
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is carrying a great burden."  Philo, 1st Century. "I grow old.  I grow old.  I will wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled."  T.S.Eliot School is back in session tomorrow.  With one semester ended and new courses beginning, i...

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Schizophrenia of Teaching
The title of this blog came to me this morning after reflecting on the semester just ended. This year, semester-long courses ended before the holiday break and new students and courses arrive January 5. It is a good time to review. Part of the ruminations i...
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