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Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars
     I shuffled half-awake through our
carport and down the white concrete driveway toward the curb, I craned my neck
and gazed into the predawn sky to check in with my favorite constellation,
Orion. I first became acquainted with Orion at Trenton Planetari...
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Pi is a Piece of Your Imagination
Let them eat Pi! I think. Students and teachers across the nation and perhaps around
the world will be celebrating Pi day tomorrow, March 14 th . Maybe you’ll
bake or buy a pie or just have a slice. I like to make an apple pie now and
again but only when I ...
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Open Your Heart to Epiphany
This past Sunday at my church, Aldersgate United Methodist Church  in
Charlottesville Virginia, our minister, Reverend Scott Davis talked about the
Epiphany in a way I had never heard it described before. Scott delivers
wonderful and enlightening messages t...
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How do we unstandardize testing?
A few weeks ago, I was sitting in on a fireside chat with
Dr. Pam Moran, our Albemarle County Public Schools Superintendent and
twenty-five or so teachers across grade levels, school administrators,
instructional coaches, and the like. The chat was a closin...
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Whatsoever You Do...
          Ever since my dad passed away a few years ago, his younger
brother Raymond and I meet for lunch a few times a year. My Uncle Raymond
turned eighty this year, and he is one of the wisest people I know. We talk
about faith and books; we reminisce ab...
Whatsoever You Do...
Whatsoever You Do...
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Remember to Let Him Go
My father could recite Samuel
Taylor Coleridge’s Rime of the
Ancient Mariner . He learned the poem from his mother during childhood in
the 1930’s in a household where storytelling and songs were a source of
learning and entertainment, prior to the advent of...
Remember to Let Him Go
Remember to Let Him Go
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Feedback Doesn't have to be Scary
Growing up in New Jersey during the
1970’s and 80’s was great. One of the benefits of living there is that no
matter where you live, you are really very close to the beach or Jersey Shore,
as we referred to it. Annually, my parents would rent the same house...
Feedback Doesn't have to be Scary
Feedback Doesn't have to be Scary
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Bring Back that Loving Feeling!
Bring
Back that Loving Feeling! A few nights ago, my wife
and I were doing some work, and she excitedly pulled up a video on YouTube that
one of her former students created. The video by Tim Schauer, How I Met Your Mather,  is brilliant. An
entry in Dartmou...
Bring Back that Loving Feeling!
Bring Back that Loving Feeling!
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A Single Garment: The Teacher’s Relationship
I’ll
never forget my first day of high school as a ninth grader in 1982. It was a
lesson on relationships. My first class was Physical Education. Our teacher
called attendance. On hollering my name, she paused, cringed, and asked if I
was of the “infamous H...
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