Beyond Old Windows: A Teacher's Thoughts Between Centuries

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Pendulum

Posted on March 12, 2010 at 8:43 PM Comments comments (2)

The larger the pendulum, the more slowly it moves, covering a wide expanse of territory, evenly, smoothly. At the end of its sweep the reverse in its direction is dramatic; without a moment to reorient, it is off again. The change is most tolerable to those who anticipate it and understand its history, those who know that the entire path will again be covered. At some moments it reaches extremes, at some moments it is truly centered, but never for long ...

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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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