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Kevin James O'Brien
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Day of Silence 2016
It's been an entire year since I posted a blog... As a new faculty member at a traditional and historic boarding school, I admit I have been quiet and even reticent. I have spoken up at chapel in January, sharing a bit of my story while encouraging the comm...

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Danger of Silence: Writing my Truth on this Day of Silence
As a fellow English teacher - I found this video to be incredibly inspiring - and made me think: how do I hold back in speaking my truth? What have you been silent about in your life? Have you ever witnessed an injustice and walked away?  When I was your ag...

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Shane Koyczan's To This Day...For the Bullied and Beautiful
Please visit ToThisDayProject.com To This Day When I was a kid I used to think that pork chops and karate chops were the same thing I thought they were both pork chops and because my grandmother thought it was cute and because they were my favourite she let...

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A Poetic Reflection to the Day of Silence
After the Day of Silence lesson ... 1. WRITE A POEM - no minimum - no maximum -  no word count - no required form. Only requirement: Be thoughtful. 2. POST BELOW 3. Plus PRINT a HARD COPY for Monday. After Friday's class - Day of Silence: Watch and Listen a...

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Day of Silence 2015: A Lesson Plan for Empathy
Welcome to class. Today is GLSEN Day of Silence April 17th, 2015, Last year I had students watch these videos and discuss online  what they learned and what they found interesting. In class, honoring this Day of Silence, here is your assignment: Watch any a...

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Crediting Poetry by Seamus Heaney
Every now and then, usually in the spring, I listen to Seamus Heaney . If you are interested in poetry, you must listen to Heaney's Noble Lecture for Literature, "Crediting Poetry" recorded in 1995. Read and l isten to the audio here. The lecture concludes:...

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Adam Gottlieb, "Poet Breathe Now"
POET BREATHE NOW by Adam Gottlieb everybody’s got something to say about poetry            because rhymes peak in meaning shedding light on our unspeakables            for an ample example            take the other day when i sat not knowing how to write a ...

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Adam Gottlieb, "Poet Breathe Now"
POET BREATHE NOW by Adam Gottlieb everybody’s got something to say about poetry because rhymes peak in meaning shedding light on our unspeakables for an ample example take the other day when i sat not knowing how to write a poem and assuming i was fruitless...

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13 Ways of Looking at Learning (and Living): EA Chapel Talk 4.7.2015
Reading from Luke 6:42: "Or how can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see...
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