OK, I have been lagging, but this is my 400th post! (Also: Husker Du?)

Sort of. That counts reruns. I know it’s been awhile, but I have some fresh material, I promise. We are hard upon spring break. Way too early this year for me, but as always, we’ll take ’em where we get ’em. Currently reading the Ray Bradbury story “The Earth Men” from The Martian Chronicles. Love […]

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BoT #2

We started reading Tom Sawyer today. This time, I’m going to try to read A LOT more of it in class. They need to hear the cadence and the twang, and the fun Mark Twain has with language. And I get to “talk southern.” (Aside: My dad grew up in Illinois, and when he got mad at […]

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The Delivery

One of the before-school staff “development” days that wasn’t devoted to the new evaluation system was about the new “Common Core” Standards, and our beleaguered “teacher coaches”  were  in a little over their heads trying “coach” the combined staffs of our district’s two middle schools. Phew, that was a “sentence.” And it looks like a scare […]

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Walk Around

We got another STAR testing pep talk yesterday. There must be serious pressure from the new superintendent on our admins to bounce back from our dip last year. The way I see it, we’re lucky the damage wasn’t worse, considering the seventh grade bunch we had last year. A lot of them had trouble bubbling […]

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