Category Archives: balancing

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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Teacher Summers “Off”

As I write this, the keyboard feels foreign beneath my fingertips. I’m sitting on the patio of the Mesa Lakes Resort Lodge, at nearly 10,000 feet above sea level on the Grand Mesa in western Colorado. I’m watching some clouds … Continue reading

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Breathing Room

Thank you, Mister S, for finally posting something in our blog. School has been out for about a week and a half and I’m sort of, kind of, finally starting to recover. It’s been a funny week and a half. … Continue reading

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Still here…

Greetings. We’re still here. It’s just that time of year. And The Paper Graders had kind of a stressful week at school. I’m holed up today at a cafe. My view through the wall of windows is of the sparkling … Continue reading

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Snow Day!

The snow day is one of the true gifts of being a teacher. Mister S and I do a lot of writing in this blog where we push back at certain parts of our teacher world. We do that push … Continue reading

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