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Justin Aion
Teacher, Husband, Father of two beautiful, smart and dangerous little girls. I'm just sharing what I know. On rare occasions, it will make sense!
Teacher, Husband, Father of two beautiful, smart and dangerous little girls. I'm just sharing what I know. On rare occasions, it will make sense!

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Day 111: In Defense of Speed
Add another entry to the Book of  Regrettable Sentences: "I don't care how quickly you solve the problem as long as you understand what's going on and can explain it." So much of my educational career has been spent swinging back and forth between sides of ...

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Day 110: Back
I have missed a few days of writing.  I just haven't felt up to it.  Between the political nonsense that has become public discourse and the stress of trying sell our home while trying to find a new one, I've been a bit distracted. I'm getting back into it!...

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Day 106: Despair?
I want my students to succeed. I want them to discover what makes them happy and to follow that happiness.  I truly believe that education, whether formal or informal, opens doors to the world. A common complaint that I have heard from numerous students is ...

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Day 104: ReCoop
Yesterday was a bad day.  It was the worst I've had in a while.  I extracted myself from people, did 7.5 miles on the elliptical, got a salad, read a book and went to bed by 8:30. Today was MUCH better.  My lessons went well and the kids were much more on t...

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Day 103: Step Back
I'm not a fan of February. I need to take a few steps back from my classes.  I'm finding myself snapping at them  and getting frustrated about lack of progress.  My frustration is not solidifying in a productive way. Here are some things that I'm finding fr...

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Day 101: Progress Monitoring
We had a 2-hour delay, so all of the classes were shortened to about 30 minutes.  The sense of urgency, interestingly, made everyone more relaxed and productive. I had a prolonged conversation with the parent of a student about how their child is struggling...

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Day 100: Like Sounds Through The Hourglass
I don't think I'm cut out for teaching afternoon classes.  By the time my 7th period comes in, I'm ready to go home.  I hate what a disservice this does to those kids, many of whom have special needs and would greatly benefit from extra attention. Their nee...

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Day 99: Graph Theory
Yesterday, the Pre-Algebra students did some practice problems dealing with the graphing of linear equations.  We went over how to pick values, plug them in, find coordinates and graph the line.  I tossed the equations into Desmos for them to check. Today, ...

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Day 97: A Passing
At the end of the day yesterday, the music teacher in our district collapsed.  By dinner, we had been notified that he had passed away. The mood at school today was somber.  Personally, I didn't know the man.  I knew who he was to say hi, but we had never h...

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Day 96: Talking
One pre-algebra student did their homework. In three sections of pre-algebra, a single student did their homework. One. Uno. Ninety-nine fewer than one hundred. One. I didn't yell and I didn't scream. I expressed disappointment at the lack of effort.  I rec...
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