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Go crazy? Don’t mind if I do!   National board, national boards, national boards. National boards? National boards. National boards! AAAAAAHHHHH! (34 pages written, about six to go before Wednesday. I was tripped up by a major equipment malfunction last week, but I’m back on track now…)

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Mar 22 2010

Posting from the grassy knoll

Overheard while I was walking through campus on Friday, carrying a large tripod for my next video session.   “Wow … her last class must have made her REALLY mad.”

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Mar 18 2010

Spring has Sprung

In class, I always make my kids back up their claims with evidentiary support (“Prove it! Prove it!”, I write annoyingly in the margins). Here is my stab at it. Despite the continuing cold and gray weather, spring has oficially sprung. Evidentiary support:

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Mar 15 2010

National Boards

National Boards are taking over my life! For those of you who don’t know much/anything about National Boards, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is an independant, nonprofit, national organization that provides a certification program to teachers that goes above and beyond the usual coursework/ student teaching model. A National Board certification says…

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Mar 09 2010


Today was the state writing test. Students were asked to (basically) write a letter to parents explaining the meaning of [respect] in a modern teen’s life. As I am walking around the room proctoring I glance at one of my lowest level students papers. The greeting at the beginning of his letter? “Dear Respect,”   I…

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Mar 08 2010

Good Article

I read a fascinating article from the New York Times today called “Building a Better Teacher.” It basically focuses on the fact that, as most teachers would acknowledge, teacher training is largely ineffective and the efforts of a few individuals to nail down how you can teach teachers to be better at their job. It…

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Mar 06 2010


So there’s a teacher at my school who always addresses the issue of staying later than we are required to after school and/or working on the weekends by exclaiming that he doesn’t “work for free.” This bugs the heck out of me. As far as I am concerned, teaching is a salaried job. I signed…

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Mar 01 2010

Stupidest. Argument. Ever.

(Two students in my 2nd block after a discussion of Civil War pensions). D: “Mrs. B., how much is an army pension these days?” Me: “I don’t know exactly. It depends on whether you served in combat, whether you were injured, that sort of thing.” “You get more if you are inured?” “Yeah.” “When I’m…

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