Monthly Archives: June 2011

Farewell to my Grade 8’s of 2011

Long before they ever came to me, my class has referred to themselves as “the bad” class.  They may have picked up this phrase from the other teachers they’ve had since the beginning on their school career, parents of classmates, … Continue reading

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Say NO to Drugs! Oh, and Final Exams!

I’m in a happy place at this time of the year, mostly because my Middle School dispensed with the giving of final exams about five years ago.  How did that happen?  Well, I’ll tell you. I was sitting at my … Continue reading

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Agreeing to Disagree

I think my favorite thing about twitter is that I’ve found a group of people that I can engage in deep conversation with and that will push my thinking. Today several of us engaged in a bit of debate over … Continue reading

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Playing = Learning

Sometimes it’s great to just let students play.  Here’s an example from my math class today. We spent some time talking about tessellations and where we find them in real life.  Mostly we talked about design elements for things like … Continue reading

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Excuses…excuses….

I was at a division meeting when (from another table) I heard these famous words, “I don’t have time to teach like that.  I have a curriculum to get through.” “I have a curriculum to get through.”  I used those … Continue reading

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Sink or Swim?

I saw a quote today that said:  “Teaching is one of the few professions that eats its young.” And as I think back to my first year, I’m remember being pretty lucky.  I was hired at .75 and taught Math … Continue reading

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The Great Debate – Pt.1

So my husband and I have been teaching the same grade and the same curriculum for around 8 years.  Do you know how much planning we’ve done together?  Zip! That’s right….zero. What the heck is wrong with us? Well, we’re … Continue reading

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