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We Rail Away at Life

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Enduring Technology

My recently deceased mother in law’s sony taperecorder TC-200, probably mid 1960’s. It’s not worth much. I couldn’t discard it without giving it a try. There seems to be a broken connection in one jack for the first channel speaker, … Continue reading

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Connecting to the Grid

What does ‘collaborative planning’ mean to you? Why is working in collaborative groups important for teachers? What skills are necessary to work collaboratively with others? What is the difference between collegial and collaborative? How can a staff develop collaborative habits? … Continue reading

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read, know, learn, go

 I scheduled an hour each week for my students to browse the school library. For my sins, I distribute Scholastic Book orders most months. I read to my students as often as I can. I get them to share … Continue reading

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My Underused JOT Script Pen

Here I am back in my comfort zone, tapping away at a virtual keyboard. I even feel comfortable dictating with Siri. I will keep playing with the different pens. Sometimes I sketch out math algorithms for students as if it … Continue reading

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Anticipation

He chuckled to himself after organizing his desk so carefully, then became self-conscious as I framed the picture. 

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An invitation to Grow

Creating positive learning environments has so many nuances that we could explore and discuss… Questions to start us thinking: What do we mean by “learning environment”? Who is responsible for the ‘positive culture’ of the learning environment? How does school … Continue reading

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A Secret love of Chaos, thanks P.K. Dick

… I will reveal a secret to you: I like to build universes which do fall apart. I like to see them come unglued, and I like to see how the characters in the novels cope with this problem. I … Continue reading

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Three-Legged Stool

I found this in in A Principal’s Reflections, through a Google Plus post by Eric Scheninger. Image credit: https://larrycuban.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/parents.jpg

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Don’t teach for the next grade

“Before today’s educational leaders, business owners, or even everyday taxpayers get too emotionally or financially invested in programs to help students prepare for the working world—ensuring they are, to borrow a favorite school-reform buzzword, “college- and career-ready”—maybe they should realize … Continue reading

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