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Motivation 26 September 2017

In the online school “room,” motivating students to get started is always a challenge. It isn’t so different from a brick and mortar classroom except that I can’t physically pull up a chair next to my online students to see … Continue reading

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Teaching 30 August 2017

At the end of school, last year, I sat at my empty desk. I’d packed up all my teaching gear, collected over the last fifteen years and I’d hauled the boxes out to my pick-up: mostly really good books, some … Continue reading

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Teaching 16 August 2017

Whether I teach in a brick and mortar or online, the start of school is much the same. There are meetings to attend, to refocus after the summer and to plan all the great ideas we’ve had, to inspire students. … Continue reading

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Expectations 17 April 2017

Different people expect different things from me. Bosses: My bosses expect me to be prepared, organized, and innovative. They expect me to use technology innovatively, to grade fast but in-depth with feedback and the use of rubrics…that students never read. … Continue reading

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Free 10 April 2017

One of the best things I’ve ever gotten that didn’t cost anything was a second chance to do something with my life that could make a difference to the world and to me. It began with a ┬árandom drawing I … Continue reading

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Altered Books 16 February 2017

My freshmen have been studying and writing poetry since we came back from winter break. At the outset I told them that when we got to the end, they would beg me to keep doing poetry. They scoffed and laughed … Continue reading

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11 January 2017 Doors

I decided to have a quick write on my board and let my students take a journey into a little short story. When we came back from break, I let them know that ‘I don’t get it’ time was over. … Continue reading

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