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An Unexpected Perspective on Classroom Design

 

As part of my role as a testing coordinator, I am charged with the dubious task of visiting classrooms to assess them for readiness as high stakes testing environments. In short, this means telling colleagues, in excruciating detail, exactly how much visible information...

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Spring Clean Your Teaching

 

I have survived another Chicago winter, with only myself to blame. Once upon a time, I was transplanted here by my dear mother, whom I can only trust knew nothing of the climate. Surely, I thought, bitter pre-teen eyes narrowed and scanning the horizon for any sign of the glorious...

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Listen Up! One-to-One Tech Tip for Your Classroom

 

I can still see the COW (Computers On Wheels) arriving, with great ceremony. A sunny Tuesday morning in September, we were all happily reading when the door slowly opened. We all watched as a giant metal box lumbered forth, eventually followed by the custodian gingerly wheeling it...

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How to Make the Most of Your Teacher Duty

 

I accidentally started practicing yoga, about ten years ago, to STOP thinking. It was a particularly stressful time in my life and I would wake up like a neurotic little bat at 4 a.m. most mornings, with all sorts of nonsense squirreling around in my head. Work stuff. Kid stuff....

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First Things First: Your Teacher Mantra

 

I vividly remember the first time I flew with my daughters. They were just three and six years old, and I was still in what I like to quaintly call my perfectionistic stage of mothering, while some family members might affectionately refer to it as certifiable.  I had packed...

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