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Holding Students to the Bottom of Everything
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The actor Charles Grodin passed way recently, and while others remembered his major movie roles, I instead thought immediately of a role he played in a theme park attraction at EPCOT called Cranium Command. Cranium Command is no longer open – it was part of the now defunct and re-purposed Wonders of Life pavilion – Read More >>


Teacher Appreciation Post Script: What the System Really Appreciates
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I hate to end teacher appreciation week on a negative note, but as it drew to a close today I found myself thinking about what the system actually appreciates instead of teachers. We are getting a new textbook for next school year. I went to an online overview of the textbook and its digital platform Read More >>


Students and Well-Being
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One of my mentors growing up was the pastor at my small town church, a man I fictionalized in my first novel, Making My Escape. Rev. J. was a complicated man who had spent over 20 years being an English teacher before going into the ministry. He often said he did more actual ministering to Read More >>


A Year of Exhaustion
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This is a reboot blog post. I have not been blogging lately. Because I have been tired. Because I have been teaching in two modes five or six periods every day, and I have nearly 30 students in my room for much of the day. And I have been pretty scared of getting sick. And Read More >>


Pandemic Teaching 2020 – a year in review
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It was not business as usual for any of us this year. Teaching wasn’t business as usual, and neither was drawing a comic strip about teaching. Neither was blogging about teaching (which for me, didn’t happen a whole lot). But now, on the last day of 2020, I felt a need to look back on Read More >>


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 >>


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