Monthly Archives: February 2011

Pillar to Post

This week was short and sweet.  Students in all my classes arrived prepared to learn, and our school finally had its first bona fide Black History assembly.  My students all wanted to know how the Carnegie Corporation and Education Writers … Continue reading

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That Man Behind the Curtain

As my generation used to say back in the ’70s, my second period AP English Language class “is a trip.”  On Thursday, half of the clan found the funds to attend a college fair, so I put aside my planned … Continue reading

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Tumbling Walls and Other Obstructions

“Self-determination” is such a powerful word.  Like all hybrids, it blends two components into one, and here the result outshines its parts.  With the outbursts of freedom and “people power” still resonating over the Tunisian and Egyptian sands, it is … Continue reading

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The Gathering

Grades were due last week, and report cards mailed on Friday.  I hate grading.  I know assessments are important.  I use them to determine whether or not my students mastered the skills in question.  They help me refine lessons or … Continue reading

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