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Oct.12.2010
This creative piece is for teachers who were my heroes...and those who weren't.  All bore gifts worth remembering.   I also chose to pay homage to E.L. Masters, who wrote his "Spoon River Anthology" masterpiece just a few miles from my high school.  I hope you enjoy it, and reflect on...
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Oct.06.2010
One cool mistnight, the old poet gimped down steep hills to the ramshackle bookstore on the edge of Chinatown.  The ocean breeze barely mopped up the stench of the fish markets and mom ‘n pop dumpsters.  Street angels burned wood from ancient mariners’ rockers, cooking frijoles. This man was a...
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Oct.04.2010
“Differentiation” is the most overstated, yet underused buzzword in education these days.  It’s hard to find anyone at the university level or in a school administrative position that doesn’t utter this seemingly magic word countless times every day.  By default, “Differentiation” now...
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Sep.25.2010
Some school observations: It’s Like Watching Someone Make Sausage Sometimes during the brouhaha of PTA meetings, the only sure-fire way to tell the difference between self-absorbed parents, burned out teachers, defensive administrators, and crabby kindergartners is by comparing their shoe sizes....
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Sep.09.2010
NEWS FLASH: TEACHERS BUY LAUNDRY SOAP, EAT AT RESTAURANTS, GET SUNTANS, AND MIGHT WEAR BLACK BRASSIERES TO FUNERALS! FILM AT ELEVEN ### Sacramento Board of Education Rules for Teachers (1915): 1. You will not marry during the term of your contract; 2. You are not to keep company with men; 3. You...
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Sep.09.2010
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I am a proud, card-carrying member of one of the looniest professions in the world…and I’m a teacher, too!  Alas, the stress and mayhem of riding herd over 20-25 kids for 180 days just wasn’t enough of a thrill for me.  I just had to search for a way to make things worse.  In my job, you deal with...
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