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Kristina Drocic
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New Year, More Writing
I asked my students to reflect today, as a way to ease back into our routines, into Monday, into the new year. They wrote about what they will remember most about 2014, and what they are looking forward to in 2015. Another class set goals for themselves, bo...
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Teachers Take Tests Too...
....and we freak out about them as much as (if not more than) our students.  I took the GRE several dreary Saturdays ago. Needless to say, it was one of the least pleasant (or most un pleasant) experiences of my education journey, both as a student and as a...
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Phew!
They get them. After two days, some quick thinking, and a lot of reading and even more example-writing, they finally get hyphenated modifiers .  Since they are my absolute favorite Smiley Face Trick , I am always discouraged when my students don't understan...
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Proud & Surprised
Some days, like today, my students pleasantly surprise me. Together, we read an article from Scholastic SCOPE, "Is It Time for Cursive to Die?" and then I asked them to write a summary of what they had read.  Easy, right?  Not so much. Before they began wri...
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How Old Am I?
Not old. Actually, not even a quarter of a century old, so not old at all. Not old as in if I was to wear my American Eagle jeans and bright blue Vans to school, like I've done on dress-down Fridays only , someone might think I was a student. Today, however...
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Breathing
It's been two whole weeks with my classes and students, and I think I am finally remembering to breathe . After so much excitement and anticipation, it feels strange and comforting all at once to be settled into a routine and to see the same students in my ...
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Teaching the N-Word: Can I?
"Teaching the N-Word" - Michelle Kenney Fall 2014 -- Volume 29 #1, pgs 19-23 As soon as I logged into ReThinking Schools, the first article I saw was the one about using The Hunger Games to teach social class, and I was beyond tempted to just go with it. I ...
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Food for Thought
I realize we probably have way more things to discuss tonight than we will have time for, but I think this is huge. Emma Watson gave a speech at the United Nation headquarters in New York over the weekend launching a new campaign, HeforShe. Yes, she's fabul...
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Are We There Yet?
Reading Three: Margalynn J. Armstrong & Stephanie M.
Wildman – “Colorblindness is the New Racism”                 “Whereas colorblindness urges us not to notice
race, color insight says, ‘do not be
afraid; notice your race and the race of others around you;...
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When I Grow Up, I Want to Be....An Ethnographer?
“No, I am certain that if we are truly to effect societal
change, we cannot do so from the bottom up, but we must push and agitate from
the top down” (40).  Wait a minute – isn’t
that exactly what we discussed in class?! Society
will truly change if we make...
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