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Chocolate milk and cornbread muffins

By | December 11, 2012

There’s nothing better than a pot of chili on a cold winter night. And there’s nothing better than a batch of hot cornbread muffins alongside. Those were my thoughts after I came home from a late night of meetings yesterday. The temperatures were hovering around 20°, I had ground meat and chili beans at the […]

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In memory

By | September 26, 2011

Every year for the past 17 years, somewhere in rural Arkansas and Louisiana, a school librarian has received a box of assorted children’s books from an anonymous donor with a bookplate attached to the inside cover of each book. The names on the bookplates are those who deserve to be remembered and honored, but who […]

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Goals are good. Actions are better.

By | August 22, 2011

As I’ve started each school year since I began teaching 20-ish years ago,1 I stopped and spent a little while reflecting on the year that came before and set goals for what I hoped to accomplish before the next May rolls around. These days, I’ve got the advantage of working on a great team with […]

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This poem

By | April 5, 2011

  This poem1 is pages long.   The words roll off the screen, and scroll beyond the heavens to your eyes, to your breath, to your thoughts, to your dreams. To your soul, to my soul, to my heart.   This poem is oceans deep.   Words never imagined exist side by side where they […]

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By | March 17, 2011

In 2004, I came to understand what it feels like.1 The day after Hurricane Ivan was the worst. We knew it would be bad, but didn’t know what to expect. The drive home that usually took 30 minutes took us most of a day because many of the bridges and roads were washed away. We […]

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A message from your Instructional Technologist: I believe in you

By | March 9, 2011


Lately, I’ve noticed that lots of questions I get from teachers start something like this: “I hate to bother you….” or “This is probably a stupid question1, but….” Said in a tone that implies that teachers shouldn’t have to ask. That by looking for someone to help, they’ve somehow shown an unacceptable weakness. That the […]

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No Driver Left Behind

By | March 6, 2011


The more I read about the stress being felt by teachers1 and schools2 who are doing their best to teach students in spite of the obstacles3 thrown in their way, the more I wonder why we feel education is a public enterprise where the employees should bear the sole responsibility for the outcomes of those they […]

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Thoughts are Free: Moving In

By | March 5, 2011

Almost 2 years ago, I packed up everything I owned and moved from Florida to Colorado. It was a big, scary, exciting time, but one that I’ve not regretted one bit. Today I find myself in the midst of a virtual move from my old Edublog to this space here. Just like the physical move […]

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I write

By | October 20, 2010


I’m a terrible writer. By the time you read this, I’ll have spent well over two hours agonizing over word choice, fiddling with sentence structure, worrying whether what I write is right.   And yet, I write.   I made middling grades in English composition. While I never produced a failing paper, I was never […]

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Dear Education Pundits, Fix this.

By | September 21, 2010


In the early 1990′s, I was a 5th grade teacher in a public school, just starting my second year of teaching. A majority of my students and their families lived far below the poverty line and far too many of my students came to school unfed, with little evidence of more than the most cursory […]

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