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Jeremy Lenzi's Blog – April 2013 Archive (11)

What a Graphic...

...or, it's difficult to defend the media, part deux...

Leave it to the creatives to come up with a graphics that put yesterday's events completely in to an easily understood form:

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If that's too difficult to read, you can go …

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Added by Jeremy Lenzi on April 18, 2013 at 8:26pm — No Comments

It's Difficult to Defend the Media in this Day and Age

Many of you know that I teach Mass Media and Communications -- Journalism is encompassed within this broad title -- and have done so now for 11 years. As a person who has read the newspaper for as long as I can remember, I must say that, while it can certainly be a challenge at times to teach this subject, it can also be very rewarding. As an aside, when I first interviewed at GS, I was informed that the person who got the position would have to teach the Journalism classes -- it was said to…

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Added by Jeremy Lenzi on April 18, 2013 at 8:25pm — No Comments

My Father's Arms are a Boat...

I truly LOVE discussing books, movies, songs, life in general with people. I LOVE it even more when I don't agree with somebody on the topic we're discussing -- not necessarily because I love to argue with people, but because the argument tends to challenge my own thinking and forces me to see things from another perspective.

And I had one of those conversations this morning with our school's librarian, Carrie. Now, you should know that we've got the greatest librarian on the face of…

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Added by Jeremy Lenzi on April 18, 2013 at 8:23pm — No Comments

To be honest with you, no offense, but I was just sayin'...

Man, it pained me to even create that headline above. I can't stand ANY of those expressions -- they completely drive me up a wall. Why have we gotten to the point in our society that we are unable to state our opinions freely -- especially when asked? Why do I have to wrap my thoughts up in bubble wrap in order to soften the blow? Why can't I just be blunt and say what I want to say?

So let's tear these apart...

  • To be honest with you... Oh, so what you're…
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Added by Jeremy Lenzi on April 18, 2013 at 8:20pm — No Comments

New Teacher and (Seasoned) Teacher Development

I hate when people say "old teacher," and "senior teacher" is just a little better -- I definitely prefer "seasoned teacher," personally -- but also know that it can all be a matter of semantics to some. I like to look at myself as being reflective -- and also highly critical of the way that I've done things throughout the years. I was recently looking back at a list of my classroom rules from my first year of teaching -- wow is about all I can say!

I definitely went in with a do…

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Added by Jeremy Lenzi on April 18, 2013 at 8:20pm — No Comments

Bully

So if you read yesterday's post, you would have noticed that bullying has been on my mind lately. I'd like to thank Shane Koyczan for that -- sincerely. After seeing his work and also after seeing some friends who posted about watching the film Bully with their kids (Thanks, Di and Ryan), I decided that I needed to check out the documentary for myself.…

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Added by Jeremy Lenzi on April 18, 2013 at 8:18pm — No Comments

Dang, Shane Koyczan, you nailed it...

I've spoken to my students on occasion about what has to be the greatest feeling in the world. Many times I get some pretty shallow answers, while at others they give me a response that just blows my socks off. Admittedly, I've typically gone with a stock answer: to be a musician who has a crowd of thousands in the palm of his hand, all singing the words to the song he's written. I've felt this way since the mid 1980s when Live Aid took place. I hadn't really seen big concerts like this --…

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Added by Jeremy Lenzi on April 18, 2013 at 8:17pm — No Comments

What makes it all worth it...

original post: http://dailylifeasateacher.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/what-makes-it-all-worth-it/

It's not that I haven't wanted to express my opinions about the field of education lately -- a ton has happened since I last posted that deserved to be written about -- but, quite honestly, I've been lazy -- or biting my tongue, you take your choice.

One of the best parts of being a…

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Added by Jeremy Lenzi on April 5, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Just a little about Teach for America (TFA)

Original posting: http://dailylifeasateacher.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/just-a-little-about-teach-for-america-tfa/

As a public school teacher, I've always been a little weary of what Teach for America does. Don't get me wrong, on the surface, it's a noble experiment -- take their own words, for instance: "We recruit a…

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Added by Jeremy Lenzi on April 5, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

When you think the words are written just for you...

Original posting: http://dailylifeasateacher.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/when-you-think-the-words-are-written-just-for-you/

I just finished working on Markus Zusak's The Book Thief  with my group in English. It's always a great unit -- very few students haven't loved it -- and I mean that sincerely, I can probably count them on one hand. We were wrapping things up…

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Added by Jeremy Lenzi on April 5, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Thank you, Mr. Murphy...

Original posting: http://dailylifeasateacher.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/thanks-mr-murphy/

I started my teaching career at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, PA. I had three up and down years and learned a ton about what it means to be a teacher -- I learned from strong mentors and made some great friends who are very dedicated to what they do. After three years, however, I had the opportunity…

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Added by Jeremy Lenzi on April 5, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

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