Monthly Archives: September 2010

Lolcat #3: Just a thought…

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Testing the Teachers Part 1: The Carrot

This afternoon, the president of our teachers’ union (herself a former classroom teacher at this site) came by for a pulse check and information exchange.  Hugs were exchanged, fliers distributed.  One teacher brought two bags of junk food, which were … Continue reading

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Staff meeting moment

Today was the monthly staff meeting at my school–it always begins with 15 or so principal-free minutes so union business gets discussed. This afternoon, the principal walked in, bedraggled, with a huge glaring bandage on the right side of her … Continue reading

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Alas, poor Harcourt, I knew him well….

Last year, my financially strapped district invested in a scandalously expensive multi-media math curriculum, with a monkeys-on-typewriters insane pacing guide which pinballs unpredictably from concept to concept and attempts to knock out a year of instruction in time for the … Continue reading

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Lesson 2

Last year, I remember a lot of chatter about a CNN feature on children and racial prejudice–the infamous “doll study” in which children were shown two dolls, identical except for skin color, and asked to indicate and explain their preferences.   … Continue reading

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Day in the life…

Just for kicks, I figured I’d share with you a blow by blow of a random day in my job.  Let’s go for today, which was a little nuttier than usual but not as bad as yesterday.  (Yesterday, for the … Continue reading

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Pinball Wizard

Last week, my district released a rather new spin on test score reporting: some data cruncher plugged everything into a Google motion chart.  The end result reminds me of nothing quite so much as that one thrilling instant in pinball … Continue reading

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