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Thursday April 17th 2014

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If You Teach Them One Thing This Year, Make It This

If You Teach Them One Thing This Year, Make It This

I’m teaching 9th graders again, and again it amazes me how they seem to do little or no reading in middle school, and almost no writing (thank you high-stakes test prep). I ask them on the first day, “Does anyone know what a Topic Sentence [...]

The Importance of Portfolios at Year’s End

The Importance of Portfolios at Year’s End

One of the things that kill me about the end of each school year is on the last day when the kids say, “Well, now that I’ve finished Spanish II I never have to speak Spanish again.” Or when they take everything in their binder, and sometimes [...]

The Beauty of Service Learning: What Are You Doing?

The Beauty of Service Learning: What Are You Doing?

One of the new buzz terms, especially in the emerging world of charter schools, is the idea of Service Learning Projects. SLPs are generally projects undertaken by students where they identify a need in the community and address it through community [...]

New Year’s Resolution: Start Beef With PhDs

One of the cool things about being a teacher who has been around for awhile is just before Winter Break, all your former students who are now in college stop by and pay you a visit. It is always amazing how grown up they seem and they strut in with [...]

My First Letter for a Dreamer

My First Letter for a Dreamer

Last week a student walked into my room whom I hadn’t seen in two years. He came in with a big smile, gave me a real handshake, and asked about my wife and kid. He looked good, healthy, he had a coffee in his hand. He was confident.Then his [...]

Education is Personal, Not Corporate

With the school year rapidly approaching, we've decided to highlight some other voices around the educational world. Here are some great thoughts from teacher extraordinaire Kimberely Gilles.Education is Personal, Not CorporateOkay, here’s [...]

An Overdue Letter to Parents

Dear Parents,We’ve had this conversation before, so this time I wanted to write it down with the hope that next time you have the same question, I can simply refer you to this letter. It is an important letter because it seems to carry in it [...]

Should English Teachers Get Paid More?

Should English Teachers Get Paid More?

Okay, so I’m biased right off the bat. Let's get that out of the way.Everyone knows we need to increase teacher pay. Everyone knows it, yet no one seems to be doing anything about it. There are Teacher Evaluation Programs being designed and [...]

All Those Damn Kids Have Cell Phones Though, Don’t They?

All Those Damn Kids Have Cell Phones Though, Don’t They?

My uncle is a Republican. He says he is a Democrat, but then begins defending rich people like they are going to be thrown out of their houses and begin starving any minute now. This is common Republican reasoning—defending people who own most of [...]

Making Education Look Good

When you ask a classroom full of high school students who wants to be a teacher, they start laughing so hard it’s almost impossible to bring the class back to order. “A teacher?” They cry. “Why would anyone want to be a teacher?”And [...]

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