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Today, I found out that for one of my students, if he can hang on two and half more years, he will be the first in his family to graduate high school.  Not the first to graduate college, not even the first to go to college, but the first to graduate high school. The news…

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Nov 03 2013

The Legend of October

In the teacher-world there is saying that October is the worst month.  You’re just getting out of that “honey-mooning” phase, it’s the beginning of a new term, kids are restless, teachers are tired, and let’s face it: October is just plain LONG and meanwhile Thanksgiving and Christmas still seem a world away. So is it…

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Aug 26 2013

Setting the Record Straight.

There is a common misconception that only elementary school teachers can have cute, clever, and awesomely decorated classrooms.  The other end of this rumor tends to suggest that high school classrooms are not cute, exciting, or well-decorated.  That they are boring and consist of only a few content-related posters.  Let’s just set the record straight.…

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Mar 03 2013

What do I want my students to say?

Yesterday, we had ProSat.  Which was annoying because we just had ProSat two weeks ago, but with both Mississippi and Arkansas Spring Breaks coming up (yes, I am counting down the days and it is five) they had to be scheduled very close together. Anyway, at our Diversity and Inclusiveness session, my MTLD asked us…

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