Category Archives: School Days


Bullying can be so difficult to uncover–such a challenge to prevent. If I was still a third grade teacher, I know one simple, meaningful, and effective technique would be to incorporate selected titles from children’s literature to accomplish a few … Continue reading

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Survival Tips

Finally getting around to commenting on something that has been bugging me for several days. The concern was first brought to my attention by a good friend–another teacher. I also heard a few comments from others. On Tuesday, August 14th, … Continue reading

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Summer Vacation

Here it is, May 28th, and it is 90 freakin’ degrees out there! I am much better at coping with seasonally cold weather than this seriously hot and humid stuff. Summer does not officially begin, calendar-wise, until June 20. Holy Toledo! … Continue reading

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compared to a traditional school,…

I’ve been thinking about some of the words used in discussions about public education these days–since the inception of charter schools, and before that, with magnet schools.  I taught 6th grade science for the past twenty-two years; I taught 3rd … Continue reading

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Damned If You Do; Damned If You Don’t

What is the cost of edreform?  For most teachers, and even their supervisors, it is not monetary in nature.  I suspect that all educators—teachers, education support professionals, and especially building administrators are struggling to maintain a positive and hopeful outlook—to … Continue reading

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Teacher Mojo

MOJO. A term familiar to traditional blues music aficionados, as in “I got my mojo workin’, but it just won’t work on you.”  “Got My Mojo Working” is a 1956 song written by Preston Foster and first recorded by Ann … Continue reading

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It’s Been a Long Time Comin’,…

Heard this song on the radio the other day: Long Time Gone (1968, by Crosby, Stills, & Nash). Jeez–it took me back. If I had the technological know-how, I would attach the song here so that y’all could listen to it … Continue reading

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