Monthly Archives: March 2014

My (education) birthday wishes…

            Today is my birthday. For the past few years, I have told my students that I am 29, with surprising success—not because I look 29, but because teenagers are sometimes easy to fool.             This year, I am going

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Teacher pay…

In nine years of blogging, I think that I have written about the financial side of teaching twice. Today will be the third–and I imagine that my total count for teacher-finances-blogs will stay at three for a few years after

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An excerpt from my speech at the Celebration of Accomplished Teaching

Originally posted on Beth Maloney: Daring to Teach:
With Carolyn Warner, former State Superintendent of Public Instruction, champion of students, and one of Beth’s heroes. P.S. She gave me a kiss after my speech and said, “Way to go, kid!”…

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“I know you’re busy, but…”

This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about how special the ability is to make people feel special. If it’s sincere, it might be one of the best qualities a human can have. It’s certainly one of the most important

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An idealistic solution to education woes…

I wrote this in spring of 2008. My largest class this year has almost five times the number of students that this special little class had, and next year, the smallest class that the district will allow will be 32

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Do Something!

Well, this blog is definitely not about religion (and I don’t want to turn anyone off), but I heard a great song on Christian radio yesterday that deeply connected with me as a teacher. The song is called “Do Something”

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Education is wasted on the youth….

One of the best aspects of being in a master’s degree program is that I get to learn! I have always known that my undergraduate degree was a bit of a waste, because I was more concerned with boys (men?

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