Literary Fingerprint

“First Days of School activity,” I posted on Facebook, “Students introduce themselves by their literature fingerprint,” followed by this image by artist Cheryl Sorg: Several teachers asked how they might do this in the classroom, and teacher Jeff Parrish generously...
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On Matters of Income

Not long ago this graphic popped up on my Facebook wall: The sentiment and the pun made me smile. But I’ve changed my mind. As a profession, we’ve done ourselves a disservice with sentiments like this. Income, after all, is...
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Hopefully

I’ve made my peace with the word hopefully. It was for a time a lightning rod for usage critics, a sure sign of the Decline of English and the coming Apocalypse. It even sounded wrong, somehow, as if the person...
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You’ll get through.

“Third quarter slump” isn’t limited to sports. Teachers and students know it keenly. The school year feels unsatisfactory – too much paperwork, not enough success with students, a distinct lack of laughter. Days are too long; weekends, too short. The...
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On Homework

Very early in my career I was horrified when another teacher — one nearing retirement — announced that she wasn’t assigning homework any more. My shock registered visibly on my face, and she calmly said, “They won’t do it, so...
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