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Teaching in the Middle

Tricia Ebner

June 3, 2015

Words of Wisdom: Imagine

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As one of my eighth graders gave his 20Time presentation, he shared an observation that struck me to the core. His words have prompted me to reflect on how I can change our work so we can include more of what he and his classmates crave. Changing this may be one of the most important decisions I make for my students.

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Tricia Ebner

April 12, 2015

The Antidote for Unhealthy Perfectionism

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Every teacher has experienced it at one point in time or another: the intense plea for those last couple of points on an assignment. The student making the plea is passionate, driven, determined . . . and oftentimes, doing very well in the class. Is the quest for those couple of points one of learning, or one of perfection? And is it healthy? And most importantly, what can we do about it?

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