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The Long Goodbye to the Five Paragraph Essay

My first five paragraph essay that I remember writing was on the word “square”.  I was in 9th grade Honors English and the assignment was to pick a word, go to the Oxford English Dictionary, and write a five paragraph … Continue reading

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Changes, Learning2.0, and Even More Questions

I flew away from the Shanghai with more questions than answers.  Ready to learn at Learning2.0 conference last week, I was invigorated by the new world we teach in. I can’t tell you how many wonderful tools I tried or … Continue reading

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What I know and what I don’t know: Technology in the classroom edition

I had to wait until I was 10 to get my Apple II GS, which I’m pretty sure had less power than my iPhone.  I sent my first e-mail when I was 15, using AoL address.   Today, if you walked … Continue reading

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Individuals and Societies

Last week Individuals and Societies* launched at YIS to little fanfare and a lot of nerves on my part.  I&S is a two year integrated humanities course being offered as an alternative to the IGCSE History and Geography in grades … Continue reading

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New (School) Year’s Resolutions

Photo “Happy 2010” by scion_cho used with permission from creative commons   Anyone who works in a school knows that we work on a different calendar than the rest of the world.  The New Year’s Day is the first day … Continue reading

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10 Years…

I was 21 when the World Trade Center was attacked.  I had been a teacher for about 3 weeks.  Three months after graduating college with a two month intensive teacher boot-camp, I found myself in Brownsville, Texas teaching 9th grade … Continue reading

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My Postcard From a Hotspot

MYP Humanities Unit Question:  Do humans control the Earth or does the Earth control humans? It’s still strange when my unit plans overlap with real life.  My grade 6 students worked on a unit of study about natural disasters earlier … Continue reading

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What I’ve learned: I am lucky

The actual earthquake was the easiest part.  I don’t know how long it lasted, but the first impact was a scary, loud, and frightening.  It hit around 2:45 and for the next 6 hours I was in my classroom with … Continue reading

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Things I’ve learned: I’ve got a lot of things on my mind

When I started to think about this blog, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to talk about. So I started to draft a post.  I heard that’s what you do when you are developing an idea.  So … Continue reading

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