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When someone asks a question, and people answer with “Who cares?”, it invalidates the person who was asking the question. Obviously they care, or they wouldn’t have asked the question in the first place. 137 more words

Word Choice

Friday fun with translating economic jargon

If your brain isn’t too tired yet, check out this quiz from the Washington Examiner and do your best to translate statements from the current and former Federal Reserve Chair(wo)man into plain language.   68 more words

Business Communication

The Third Annual Celebration of Teacher Thinking

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I know many teachers and students around the country are already back in their classrooms, but for the third year I’d like to mark what here in New York City is the start of the school year by sharing some of the incredibly inspiring and thoughtful comments that educators have left on this blog over the last twelve months. 984 more words


Choose your words carefully -- when it counts

Which should you write: “Jane is an adequate team member” or “Jane is an OK team member”? The adjectives in the two options are synonyms.  So how do you choose? 895 more words

Professional Writing

Why the #Wallabies were NOT decimated by the ABs in #BledisloeCup II

The headlines scream:

All Blacks decimate the Wallabies.

Wallabies humbled by All Blacks

Wallabies thumped by All Blacks

Maybe I’m “old-school” but I always remember our English teacher at school urged us not to use “decimate” to mean damage or destroy. 522 more words

"Detroit does see a lot of repeat visitations from tourists."

My student was following the money woes of Detroit as his Journal project (“follow an issue in the news for seven weeks, selecting and summarizing articles on multiple sides of the issue, and then write an argument essay that takes a position on the issue and supports it with evidence and reasoning” is more or less the assignment). 493 more words

Student Writing

For All Fantasy

I am riding to you a dragon and it is red.
Flexible four-tipped wings silted in sleek,
strong back built for lasting.
Two seats.
Claws clamp like nutcrackers around the ends of branches, 230 more words

My Poems