Beyond Old Windows: A Teacher's Thoughts Between Centuries

Phi Kappa Phi Forum Columns

Morning Meeting, Part One: The People

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 9:12 PM Comments comments (2)

This piece was requested by the editors as a keynote article for a special Teacher's Edition of the Phi Kappa Phi Forum ... longer than the typical column, I have separated it into two entries here ... it was written for the fall issue of 2001, and was published on the heels of the terrorist attacks of nine-eleven...


THE TEACHER:

As she rinsed her coffee cup in the sink, she saw her husband's note reminding her to stop and fill her car's gas tank. She menta...

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The Rank Book

Posted on March 7, 2010 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (2)

Among all the new materials with which teachers begin each school year, none may be so individualized, as ambiguous, and so potent as the "rank book." On its pages we record our students' progress, and within its records we measure our own classroom goals as met or unmet. Whether it is a commercially-bound spiral ledger with embossed covers, or a set of lined or graph-paper sheets hole-punched and stored in a binder, or a self-designed, formulated spreadsheet stored on a floppy disk or printe...

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An American Issue: Raising Awareness and Revenue for Public Schools in Tough Economic Times

Posted on March 7, 2010 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)


Toward the end of the French and Indian War, George III became the British monarch, inheriting not only an empire that spanned the globe, but also the responsibility of paying an enormous debt incurred in that Seven Years' War. Unwilling to further risk the rebellious wrath of his European subjects who, for years, had been paying high taxes, George turned to his American colonies for increased revenue, imposed the presence of ten thousand British soldiers and all the related costs...

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Questions Worth Asking

Posted on March 6, 2010 at 8:28 PM Comments comments (0)

In the dim morning light of late winter, the sun barely over the horizon, the day begins with a line of cars competing with the foot traffic and buses in the middle school parking lot. Inside the cafeteria window, the principal sits at a table watching the arrivals, his pen lightly tapping a notepad, his brow furrowed. As he watches, some parents share quick hugs with their children; others seem to be giving words of advice or reminders of after-school plans.

The teacher watches from t...

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