Monthly Archives: October 2011

Zapping Apathy with Word-of-theYear Hangman

I heard an NPR story yesterday about current usage of the word occupy and how its meaning has changed over time and in various contexts. The report said the American Dialect Society is considering occupy for its 2011 Word of … Continue reading

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Review: ELEMENTS OF GRADING by Douglas Reeves

I’m glad I read Douglas Reeves’s Elements of Grading. Reeves has thought deeply about grading processes and engagingly articulates his ideas and attitudes in this brief book’s pages. Perhaps the most controversial aspect of Reeves’s thinking is the no-zero policy, … Continue reading

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Thanks, Marjorie

My friend Marjorie Zilen passed away last week at age 93. Marjorie was an artist and poet and much more to her family and friends. I first knew Marjorie as part of the Barrington Poets Consortium in the mid-1990s, the … Continue reading

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What Do You Do in Your “Free” Periods?

This week felt like my job got in the way of my work because of required extra meetings, a growing trend in my school. On Tuesday, we had a 40-minute department meeting and a 75-minute PLC meeting. This started before … Continue reading

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