“Don’t tell us the old lady screamed…”

“…Bring her on, and let her scream.” –Mark Twain. For most middle schoolers, one of the biggest problems they have with writing is being specific. Everything is weird or cool or disgusting or fun. Especially weird or disgusting. There are no details, just general opinions. (Oh how seventh graders love to give unsolicited opinions…) I […]

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“How cute. Like hobos…” (Also: Hank Williams.)

Wednesday. Vocabulary Pretest. Talk of facades and irony. Both figure large in The Outsiders. More on that later. Today I have more insight from my friendly class. We’re reading chapter 4 (the death of Bob, Dally helping with the getaway, jumping the train out of town), and we get to where Dally is telling Pony […]

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CPS RULES!

A few years ago I was the lead teacher for an EETT (Enhancing Education Through Technology) grant our site received. Over the course of two years, our site received a truckload of money (like a couple hundred grand) to spend on technology training (from me) and a whole lotta shtuff. Among other things, we bought […]

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Double-Shot!

Two posts in one day! This one is just to recommend a new blog about educational issues over at Slate. Slate is probably my fave online mag, and this blog about the big picture in education is pretty good so far. Most of the recent posts are about the new head of Washington DC schools, […]

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Schoolhouse Rock Rules

First Monday of the year. First-Late-Start-Teacher-Collaboration-Time-Schedule, where the kids (this year it’s district-wide at all schools) start school an hour later on Mondays, “so’s us teachers kin do sum co-laborationing.” Sorry, Tom Sawyer is still a few months away. Monday means spelling and vocabulary lists. The vocabulary ALWAYS comes from whatever we’re reading at the […]

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Mental Floss

Friday is quiz/test day. That means mental floss. Here’s todays batch of brain teasers… What do reindeer have that no other animals have? A house painter paints numbers on all the new houses in a neighborhood from 1-100. How many times does he have to paint the digit 9? (Not a trick. I’m just betting […]

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