Samuel Adams

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My fifth-grade class was conducting research on Loyalists vs Patriots pre-Revolutionary War. Students were assigned Benjamin Franklin, Lord Dunmore, Tom Hutchinson, Mercy Otis Warren, or Samuel Adams.

One of my students was perplexed.

“I have Samuel Adams and I don’t understand this word:  ‘lager'”.

 

Excerpt from “Kevin the Complainer”*

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Ms. Meretta was teaching a new math lesson.

Kevin looked out the window. The storm subsided and the sun was out. He wished he could be outside, playing Kick and Cover.

“Kevin, pay attention. You need to learn this,” Ms. Meretta said.

Sighing heavily, Kevin muttered, “I knew this was going to be a bad day.”

 

 

*my second self-published children’s book – check out “Esther, Mia and the Stars“!

 

 

What is School for?

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I’m a teacher and I’m usually loathe to listen to any non-teacher who criticizes education. However, Seth Godin is a teacher in his own right and what he has to say makes perfect sense.

Godin published an education manifesto and I think everyone should read it. It’s made a deep impression on me and I’ve made immediate changes to my teaching. Rote memory is ridiculous. Deducting points off for trivial things is dumb. Let’s teach students how to learn and then CREATE things and take ACTION!

Please, read some of his manifesto or watch his podcast (Stop Stealing Dreams) if you care about education.

Just because it’s hard to make change doesn’t mean we should give up.

Calling Home

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He talked as I taught the lesson. I asked him to stop.

He talked some more during work time. I asked him to stop.

I changed his seating – nestling him between two quiet students. He talked out loud instead of getting his work done.

I called him to my desk. His parents’ phone numbers were in front of us.

I rarely call home.

“Who shall I call? Mom or dad?”

“Mom,” he said.

“Dad it is!”

 

Slow and Sure

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Tonight, our school will hold an Awards Night to recognize students for exceptional GPAs, Service Work and other academic accomplishments.

Not one student will receive recognition for work achieved in a day or a week. These kind of successes require dedication throughout the school year.