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Things Students Do That Secretly Crack Me Up, Part 2

Art class, radio is playing a commercial. Dustin: Tony, that commercial is talking about you. Uninsured motorists. Tony: I’m insured. I just haven’t paid the bill in a couple of months. Me: Then you are an uninsured motorist. Art class. I announce that Monday is a holiday (Martin Luther King Jr. day)Tony: We should get […]

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Toward More Process-Oriented Grading

I am continually evaluating my teaching methods and procedures. It’s difficult to be critically self-reflective in a constructive way without spending all my time second-guessing myself. It’s a balancing act. Most times it’s a matter of saying, “that’s okay, you can improve this without feeling stupid about the way you were doing it earlier.” I’m […]

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My student teaching is unofficially over.

Time to celebrate! My final observation for student teaching occurred today. The official end of the term is this Sunday. My observer’s written comments were glowing, mostly about how I was able to handle a very challenging situation without a Master Teacher. I am pretty confident that I earned an A. I am on to […]

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Back to school

Today was the first day back to school after a wonderful two-week break. I was surprised by how quickly the kids got back into the flow. I expected they would be tough to get moving after getting to goof off for so long. The drama students are off and running with their “Executive Team” skits, […]

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A Streetcar Named Desire: High School Drama Unit

I’d seen the movie before. I knew it was based on a play by Tennessee Williams. I have not had the chance to see it on stage. When I saw the movie again a couple of months ago, I was already brainstorming in my head how to use it for script analysis. It’s a wonderfully […]