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Hamilton: History, Creativity, and Perseverance

I readily admit I’m not a big hip hop fan—probably because I’m of the generation that watched in awe as the Beatles sang on our black and white TVs. 658 more words

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Why flipped learning has got me excited

I’ve been pretty busy lately working on projects and doing courses.   Sometimes (especially when I arrive home from a hard day at school, exhausted and still have 25 essays to correct…) I wonder why I do this to myself, but then I do a course like EVO flipped learning 2017 and remember why.   1,972 more words

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Teaching students about what it means to be multilingual

I was aware of a vague background noise in my classroom. A slight anxiety that students had, voiced through comments such as, “I wouldn’t be able to do this in Chinese”, or “I don’t know how you say this in Korean”. 381 more words

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To Pair with Hamlet: Maxine Kumin's "The Excrement Poem"

This week I’ve been finishing up teaching Hamlet to my seniors, and when he spoke to Claudius in IV.iii, he says Polonius is at supper: “Not where he eats, but where he is eaten. 362 more words


Picture Book Review: Even Superheroes Have Bad Days by Shelly Becker, Illustrated by Eda Kaban

With great power comes great responsibility.  Every comic book nerd (including myself!) knows that iconic line is from Amazing Fantasy #15, the debut of Spiderman in 1962.   508 more words

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Help Kids Take Action

These are stressful times. At least around me, teachers report students levels of anxiety and conflict that seem to mirror those of adults they see on the news. 307 more words

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