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I Used to Think

I used to think bad teachers needed to be fired. Now I realize bad teaching largely exists because of a lack of exposure to good teaching. I used to think being “color blind” was a good thing and helped me in working with my students of color. Now I realize I can’t be blind to […]

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Kids Should Read

I work in a predominantly white school with what most people would consider high achieving students. Our free and reduced lunch number is small and most people would consider our community a stereotypical suburb. With this comes many assumptions about the kind of people and specifically the types of kids who live in our area […]

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Books for Teachers to Read

As many of us teachers drive our kid’s camp carpool, sleep in, read books, and recharge our teaching batteries over summer, administrators and PD directors are planning the new school year which is right around the corner. I know many of us don’t want to think about the fall just yet, but it will be […]

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Thoughts From the Run

On January 1st, 2012 I took on a challenge to run at least one mile every day for a whole year. On January 9th, 2012 I ended my streak due to an injury. I took two days off and started back up on January 12th, 2012 and have not missed a day since. My run […]

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Tearing Teachers Down

There is an old Greek story about a herald seeking advice for his master on how to rule a city. Instead of offering verbal advice he walked through a field where he cut the tops off the tallest and healthiest plants. The herald returned to his master explaining what had transpired. The master took this […]

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Share the Positive

The other day while out running I was reflecting on my sons and their experiences in school. Specifically, I was thinking about how I have rarely had a teacher reach out to say something nice about either of my sons. Yes, my kids are not perfect and one of them does like to occasionally push […]

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Twas the Night Before Testing

As schools either head out or return from Spring Break, it officially begins standardized testing season for so many of us. I have never, and likely will never, be a fan of testing in the manner in which so many of us required to test. Nor will I likely ever put a great amount of […]

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Changing Minds One Book At A Time

Anyone who is paying attention to the world around us knows we have a problem with empathy and ignorance. Too many people are filled with hate fueled by this ignorance and lack of empathy. The tragedy in New Zealand is just the latest in a long list of violence and hatred specifically focused on Muslims. […]

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