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Posted on July 27, 2010 at 7:49 PM Comments comments (2)

Appreciate: To evaluate the worth, quality, significance of; to admire greatly; to judge with heightened perception or understanding, to be fully aware of; to recognize with gratitude; to increase the value of


The classroom year is just beginning - all things seem possible. Resolutions are fresh and attainable, the chalktrays still clean. A dozen sharp pencils s...

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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...


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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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 ...

Children in elementary and mi...

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Working Model

Posted on March 10, 2010 at 7:18 PM Comments comments (0)

You have the chance to go to a brand-new school without leaving town, in a redistricting plan that will reduce crowding in your old school. You can be on the ground floor of a new organization, with new faces and new opportunities....

The excitement level will be high; the town has spent millions of dollars; the administration wants this school to succeed and will no doubt showcase every accomplishment....

Everything there will be sparkling clean; you will have elect...

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Learning in Circles

Posted on March 8, 2010 at 7:53 PM Comments comments (5)

The following is a hypothetical conversation that will no doubt occur in some fashion in many good schools, where teachers are focusing on strengthening adolescent literacy to help students meet the growing communication demands of our information-based society. Although the speaking characters in this script are fictional, resemblance to actual teachers is, fortunately, inevitable.

Place: A middle school faculty dining room

Time: A few quiet moments betw...

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