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MARY TEDROW
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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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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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This is all so true and important!
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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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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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+Laurie Calvert I WILL be there Laurie.  On Saturday only however since I am escorting a student to the statewide Poetry Out Loud competition in Richmond on Friday.
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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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UVA and Our Heart of Darkness
All of Europe contributed to the making of Kurtz... If you think our country isn't currently sinking in a fetid sea of corruption born of greed, inequality, and a slavish adherence to market forces, think again. Read the recent account in The Rolling Stone ...
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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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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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+J L Eidsness Exactly.  A narrative would be much better than all A's.  But he wasn't asked for that. Nor am I.
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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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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. http://www.c-span.org/video/?...
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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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Hi Mary,

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Thanks for reading fellow educators.  Pass the word on to the general public: you really need good teachers.
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I teach high school, and you wish you could.
Introduction
I've been a classroom teacher since 1978 with a respite of a dozen years to raise three children.  Constants in my life have been family, running, reading, writing, and working with children.  Well, teens are hardly children, but they are still way younger than I.
Bragging rights
Mother of three, grandmother of five.
Education
  • Shepherd University
    English and Journalism, 1973 - 1977
    English major, journalism minor.
  • Shenandoah University
    Education, Emphasis in Teaching, 1994 - 1999
    Masters of Education, Emphasis in Teaching Masters Thesis: The Effect of a Teacher Read Aloud on the Achievement of Ninth-Grade Students in the English Classroom. May, 199
  • George Mason University
    Education, 1981 - 1999
    Various courses in writing and the teaching of writing. Teacher Fellow in the Invitational Summer Institute, 1998 Staff, ISI, 1999 Co-Director, ISI 2004 Director, Shenandoah Valley Summer Institute 2005-Present
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English teacher
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Teaching, writing, teaching adult learners
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  • John Handley High School
    Porterfield Endowed English Chair, present
    Full time classroom teacher with duties that extend to managing the work of the English department. Curriculum design, professional learning, budged management.
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Female
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Eidsness