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Goodbye, Fremdland

On the last day of the last year at the school where I’ve worked for a very long time, it seems sort of oddly perfect to be sitting by myself in a room monitoring detention students who are not here, … Continue reading

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Top Ten Lessons Learned: 2012-2013 Edition

For the last two years, I’ve written Top Ten Lessons Learned blog posts at the end of the school year. (You can see them here and here.) This time I’ve struggled with it. It was a rough year, really rough. From … Continue reading

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Let’s Have Some Fun

Tomorrow I begin my 32nd year of teaching. I wish I had a crystal ball to see what the school year will hold—the high and low points, the most challenging and most memorable students, the ways that my teaching and … Continue reading

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Top Ten Lessons Learned: 2010-2011 Edition

Top Ten Lessons Learned This Year: Students learn best when they have choice over their reading and writing experiences. Many in education seem to value consistency over learning.  I try to ignore and avoid those folks, but they’re becoming harder … Continue reading

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The Good Start: Twelve Targets for New Teachers

My first year of teaching was twenty-nine years ago, so when one of our newly hired colleagues emailed last spring requesting advice and ideas for starting the school year, I appreciated the opportunity to provide her with a few thoughts … Continue reading

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