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Prep Hour Praise: Communicating With Parents

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 12:00am 0 Comments

By seventh hour of the school day I have expended a considerable amount of energy–always engaged, in the moment, “on”–greeting, coaching, moving around the classroom, explaining, preparing for the next class period, exchanging, collecting, organizing, and reorganizing. Does any of this sound familiar? If not, you are clearly not an educator.

After teaching five classes and supervising a study hall, I finally get a few moments…

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Paperless Classroom: No Red Pen, No Regrets

Posted on April 16, 2013 at 4:52pm 0 Comments

I have never been much of a technology expert in anything beyond the basics, although I was quite an Atari legend in the 80's, made a smooth transition from VHS to DVD in the 90's, and more recently converted from Windows to Mac. With all the talk of twenty-first century learners entering high school, I accepted the opportunity to become the first member of the English department to use a smart-board in my classroom (when Wisconsin's educational budget was more promising). I learned how to… Continue

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