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Thankful Despite it All
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My most recent post was about this school year so far and all the ups and downs and craziness involved in it. Tonight, I want to post about the things I’m grateful for, despite everything. In the midst of everything that has been going on, I have been re-reading The Book of Joy, a series Read More >>


The 2020 School Year So Far (I’ve been busy…)
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I have not been blogging. I’ve been too tired. At times it’s almost been too much to teach and keep up with the comic strip. Actually, at times it’s been too much to teach and sleep adequately. But I’m going to try to get back in the game here, if only to record what’s been Read More >>


Hold Us Harmless: Why teachers shouldn’t be evaluated this year
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My district is in impasse with my union, Volusia United Educators, over several issues. I spoke on behalf of my union on the issue of teacher evaluation. The union wants teachers held harmless for the year; the district claims that the pandemic and the new types of teaching it has entailed will have no impact Read More >>


Pandemic Teaching: Living the Worst Case Scenario but Imagining Something Better
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I’ve heard it said of the pandemic that it didn’t have to be like this: if we had taken different steps at the very start, we would have neither the death toll nor the economic disaster we’ve seen the past few months.  I have been teaching for 9 days so far this school year. Nine Read More >>


Be the Change You Want to See In Your Teachers
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After sitting through several – and by several, I mean it felt like hundreds – of online, socially distanced training videos the past week and a half, I feel that I know what the system wants us to do as teachers.  I won’t go into the things I learned about that are ancillary to teaching Read More >>


Teaching, Simple or Complex? (Beyond Maps and Apps)
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In the midst of pandemic back-to-school time, a lot of people who aren’t teachers seem to have a lot to say about teaching. Some of them, the people who always bash teachers, are bashing them twice as hard because teachers are a little trepidatious about, you know, possibly dying because they are being forced back Read More >>


Teaching and Writing and What Drives Instruction (12-16-16)
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Make the standards drive the instruction! This has been the mantra ever since standards became the focus of “standards-based education reform.” The unforeseen (or perhaps intended?) consequence of standards driving the instruction is that textbooks companies have been very careful to show that their textbooks are “aligned” with the standards. In other words, in Language Read More >>


Conspiracies and Thinking and Writing
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Since there are a lot of conspiracy theories floating around these days, I have one of my own. Try this on for size: Betsy DeVos created the Corona-19 virus in a lab and is now demanding that everyone go back to school this fall in order to kill off a large chunk of the older, Read More >>


Don’t Stand So Close To Me (a song parody)
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(Apologies to Sting) The teachers, they reject The school board’s fantasy Pandemic hits badly Classroom’s no place to be Inside schools, there’s thronging. There is no open space.  Cough-barking, they’re close now. Masks hanging off their face. Don’t stand, don’t stand so Don’t stand so close to me  Don’t stand, don’t stand so Don’t stand Read More >>


I WANT to Go Back to School. Just Not This Way.
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In January of this year, my wife and I performed in a community theater production of Christopher Durang’s play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. My wife and actually played sister and brother (it was weird, but Sonia was adopted, so we weren’t blood related). These were roles we’d wanted to play for some Read More >>


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