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John Holland

June 22, 2016

Little Big: On Leaving Home as a Teacher

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I felt like Alice in Wonderland when she ate the cake that made her grow. It had been 9 years since I had been in that school and I expected it to be much larger. It was so strange because I would expect this to happen if I were a child but, as an adult I was dumbfounded. How could I be bigger than I was? I can only guess that, at 24 years-old, I felt small when I first started teaching. Now, I am 45, and tomorrow I will walk out of the school again, perhaps for the last time. I feel like I am leaving home.

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Bill Ferriter

June 18, 2016

Five Lessons I Learned from My Dad.

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Father's Day Weekend is always a mixed bag of emotions for me.  

Given that I am the proud father of a six year old girl who loves her Dad times ten, I will spend most of my weekend smiling.  There's just something beautiful about the effort that six year olds put into showing you that they care.  Whether she makes me a hand-drawn card, whips up a special father's day breakfast of cookies and Capri Suns, or just wants to cuddle on the couch for a while, I will feel the joy that comes along with being the Dad of a daughter!

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Marcia Powell

June 12, 2016

A Global Education Summer of Reading

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This past year, my 7th grade social studies class read William Kamkwamba's book "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Hope" as a way to teach state history via comparison and contrast. The book is availalable in both a picture format and a book that is appropriate for readers with a lexile range that ranges from 850-920.  I love the resilience that William and his family have, when so many people might be tempted just to give up.

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Sandy Merz

June 4, 2016

The Only Class Rule You'll Ever Need

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Two and a half years ago, while reading Teach Like A Pirate by Dave Burgess, I made his one class rule: Don't Be Mean, my one class rule. In the more than 2000 class periods since then, I've had to call for administrative help with an unruly student exactly one time. As this year wound down, I asked students to name the best and worst things about the rule. Below are the most representative of their replies. 

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Marcia Powell

June 3, 2016

When Does a Failed System Become Cull-worthy?

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Most of us have just wound down from the school year, or are in its last days.  Today, I found myself running from one league to another for practices, and I took a close look at the participants.  My children go to a rural school, five miles from each of three different towns, and the kids that get to participate seem concentrated in the middle to upper class. It made me pause, and think.

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