Category Archives: balancing

My Top Takeaways from #NCTE15

I’m sitting in my living room in Colorado, the first day of Thanksgiving break coming to a close. I got home from Minneapolis last evening and opted for checking in my with my family over finishing this blog post (that … Continue reading

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A blog post about why there haven’t been blog posts

In my head I’ve started many blog posts over the last several weeks. There was this blog post idea: This article claims (based on research) that kids who use computers in school daily have lower test scores. But it doesn’t say … Continue reading

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Phones in class, family dinner style

Phones–these little devices make me crazy. Last spring, my students could not keep their hands off of them. The combination of senioritis and Snapchat became potent. I felt powerless against it. I even got my own Snapchat account to figure out if … Continue reading

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Gratitude, despite all that is “wrong” in education today

I just read yet another piece about the ills of the teaching profession right now: A Warning to Young People: Don’t Become a Teacher. I don’t think what is depicted in that piece is necessarily inaccurate, but it is yet … Continue reading

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The North End

I sat at a table in a great Italian joint this evening with some of my favorite people. I am so lucky that some of my favorite people also happen to be my colleagues at my school. I am so … Continue reading

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The Paper Graders Summer Summit 2013 Commences

Greetings! Well, we wrapped up school last week. After a weekend of lots of sleeping, reading a great novel, watching a few movies, going for a hike, winding through the streets of our town with about 50,000 other people in … Continue reading

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What I did at school today

First hour: On my way into the building, I stopped off at an IEP meeting to talk about the progress of one of my students with her and her parents. This took most of first hour. I had about five … Continue reading

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NCTE Reflections: What we write down IS what we value: why I still don’t like CCSS

Some thoughts after letting Las Vegas percolate for a week or so- assisted by massive helpings of turkey and pumpkin pie. Doc Z threw down her thoughts here the other day. 1) As always, it’s really exciting and energizing to … Continue reading

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Update on Tuesday Writing Days

Just because I feel the need to be accountable to someone, here’s how my Tuesday writing evenings have been going since I recently declared that I would reserve time once each week to write: 9/4: Made declaration 9/11: Wrote about … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of a Public School Teacher

Here’s an excellent piece (link below) from a Chicago teacher about how much time he puts into his job in a typical day. He’s responding directly to claims from the outside that teachers’ work days are abysmally short, that students … Continue reading

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