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Holly Vance
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The World Is Saved: Teens and Spelling
I love it when my students realize the power of language buried beneath its nuances without my teaching it directly to them.  It is rare, but it happens. When it does, I'd like to think its a result of the 20 years of teaching that has made me so adept at d...

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From the Mouths of Babes . . .
At age 5, my nephew already knows more shit than I do. No sarcasm intended. Once when he staying overnight at my house, he offered a chip in response to my moaning about not feeling well. Of course, I ate it and he said, “If you can eat a chip, you can’t re...

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Feel the pain of the teacher at the end of the year.

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To Quote My Grandmother: "Why Are Teenagers So Stupid?"
My 4th period juniors have been quite a challenge this year.  They are good kids, but their collective ego could use some humbling.  I have several varsity football players in that class, and our team does quite well. Put a bunch of successful athletes who ...

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In honor of Taco Tuesday. It's short and kinda stupid in case your day is short on stupid.

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Tacos
Sometimes, tacos can make everything okay.  After a long day of coaxing and convincing 150+ students that literacy is important, I need a couple of  Del Tacos to remind me why I get up in the morning. The crunch of the shell as it shatters into flakes of sa...

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Parent will get a kick out of this. It's been a LONG time since I posted, so hopefully it's been worth the wait.

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In Awe and Reverence of Parents
I am amazed to see parents who can manage to hold down a job, keep a house, remain social, and not go absolutely nuts.  Several of my co-workers have young children and every day they show up with a smile on their faces to teach even more children. With smi...

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Honoring Dad
My
father, Michael MacDonald Vance, died from a heart attack on Friday, September
4, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.  He was 69 years
and 6 days old. I
am very conscious of dates and time and so was my father. Therefore, I am also
exact when people ask me when he died. ...
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