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  • 20 More Weeks of Blizzards: A Groundhog’s Day Pred-Election

    on Feb 2, 16 • in Featured, Legal, Management, Opinion, Policy, Social Studies • with Comments

    groundhog day

    Today marks the 129th year that Punxsutawney Phil (well, maybe the 30th version of him) will come out of his burrow to either see his shadow or not, declaring whether winter will be extended by 6 weeks, or whether spring is pending. However, after today, there’s still 20 more weeks of blizzards to endure. They don’t smash snow in your face, instead, they bring television, radio, and print ads. There will be phone calls pleading for money. There will be hurt feelings. There will be heated rivalries and contentiousness. There will also be a time

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  • There’s More To a Student than Just A Number

    on Jan 27, 16 • in From the Front Lines, Opinion, Policy • with Comments

    A Teacher's Worth (1)

    I was so angry. How could anyone just give up on a child because of a number! Let me back up. Way back to this past summer. Bear with me. I tutor during the summer. I had a family contact me about tutoring their foster children, a soon-to-be first grader and a fifth grader. They had been in a horrible family situation; abuse, neglect, so on and so forth. I scheduled an initial assessment date and looked forward to meeting with the family and kids. Upon assessing them both, the first grader was at a

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  • The Challenger Disaster: Revisiting a Lost Teacher, 30 Years Later

    on Jan 27, 16 • in Current Events in Education, Educator Professionalism, Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Opinion, Science, Social Studies • with Comments

    Teacher & Astronaut Christa McAuliffe

    For many of us teachers, January 28, 1986 was a tough day. Why? We lost one of our own. Christa McAuliffe, social studies teacher at Bristol High School in New Hampshire, perished in the Challenger disaster. In late 1985, McAuliffe was selected from more than 11,000 teachers to venture into the great unknown. In an attempt to showcase the importance of teachers in a post-Nation At Risk educational climate, President Ronald Reagan and his team selected this New Hampshire social studies teacher to travel with six others. Their names – Francis R. Scobee, Commander; Michael

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  • Is Careerism Robbing Our Children of THE GOOD LIFE?

    on Jan 26, 16 • in Current Events in Education, High School, Opinion • with Comments

    Is Careerism Robbing Our Children of THE GOOD LIFE-

    Another week, another conversation with my newly-minted teenage daughter, Lauren, who has decided that “this time,” yes, “this time I know what I want to do when I grow up.” It’s not just that Lauren has big dreams. It’s that she has so many of them. She wants to live in the mountains and hike exotic trails at sunset. She wants to live on the beach and surf the waves as the sun rises over a sprawling horizon. She wants to travel the world, speak a dozen languages, and master the nuances of every culture

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  • “I’m Looking For…” On Mispronouncing Names, A Teacher’s Guide

    on Jan 25, 16 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, From the Front Lines, Opinion, Parents • with Comments

    On Mispronouncing Names, A Teacher's Guide

    This week on Twitter, the hashtag #growingupwithmyname has release an outpouring catharsis from people all around the world whose name is a bit… different. Whether it’s a(n): -Spelling of a name – Justin Bieber jested that “he’d be a millionaire” if he had a $1 for every time someone spelled his name wrong. -Pronunciation of a name – I currently teach Taina, who is livid every time somebody doesn’t pronounce her name properly “IT’S TUH-knee-UH! ERRRRRGH!” -Epitome of a pop culture reference – Your name is Kim Kong?! Hah! -Continued use of a joke – Hey

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