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Outside the Lines

Marcia Powell

August 14, 2015

Lines of Belonging


School start days in some schools in Nebraska and Colorado and Kansas were staggered through this week and the next.  In other areas, year-round schools are finishing a three week break, and other states have adopted start dates that range from August 24 to sometime around Labor Day.  Procedures will be set, students will get ready, and that all-important process of belonging is restarted for those who have been out-of-touch for the summer, or have migrated to a new school.  That raises an important question for me, namely:

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Marcia Powell

August 3, 2015

Lines of Civility In Your Classroom


Online, you know when the line of civility is crossed, but it's tough to define sometimes.  You're in a group phone or video conversation and the tone shifts.  Someone responds with a brick-headed comment or message is designed to be offensive to another person. We've all been there in the Valley of the Trolls.  And there are some solutions out there to help you in the process

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Marcia Powell

July 9, 2015

Jenny Horne (R-SC) Crosses the Courage Line to #takeitdown


“It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends.”

(-Professor Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone)


This video is worth watching (starting at 7 seconds), or at least reading the transcript

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Marcia Powell

July 3, 2015



There's a reason for that straight line, miss.  Don't cross over it and you'll be fine.

So here's my question:  do you cross the line, or not? What is your reasoning?  Is it valid?  Is it customary?  Can we paint over the line?  Drop it into a pot of boiling water so it bends and, like a spaghetti noodle, morphs into a curlique shape? Does the color of the line matter, or it the authority it represents something you believe in?

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