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Project 180

Do. Reflect. Do Better.

In Their Silence: Project 180, Day 36


In their silence I discover worlds. In Kailey’s silence I imagine beautiful inspiration as her fingers click-clack across the keyboard, words materializing on the screen, her life rising out of her, a summit of sentences…

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Due Process: Project 180, Day 35


  Nearly ten years ago now I was lucky enough to attend two of Kelly Gallagher’s writing seminars here in Spokane. I even got the opportunity to introduce him at the second one, which was…

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Sorry, No Post: Project 180, Day 34


Morning, all. No post today. Life got in the way. Sorry. Be back at it tomorrow. Today’s Trail Along today’s trail we will… …begin with Smiles and Frowns. …move our narrative essays down the path….

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Writers not Writing: Project 180, Day 33


Our writing is not a home in which we dwell; it is a vehicle in which we move. It is a construct. It is a creation. And as such, it is an investment. And that…

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Words Our Bond: Project 180, Day 32


We are bound by words. We are connected by sentences. We live on pages. We exist in stories. In my classroom, from Smiles and Frowns to Community Circle to Mindset Mantras to Journey Journals to…

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I Mean What I Say: Project 180, Day 31


“Okay, gang. Here’s some optional sentence practice for tomorrow’s performance. I am encouraging you to write and label fifteen sentences: five simple, five compound, and five complex. But, you need to make a big kid…

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Dylan’s Decision: Project 180, Day 30


Just another day on the 180 trail. No attempts to be inspirational. Nothing to share that’s practical. Just an otherwise ho-hum October day. Many kids will be taking the PSAT this morning. Those who aren’t…

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A Web I Weave: Project 180, Day 29


I weave a web. I attach a string here. I attach a string there. Some I leave for later. Some I cling to now. Some will never connect. Others will attach and connect in ways…

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Something Had to Give: Project 180, Day 28


Today, we are writers. The kids are working on two pieces of writing at present: their narrative essays and their Passion Papers. I am behind on getting feedback to them on their narrative essay introductions,…

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Steps not Ends: Project 180, Day 27


Despite my efforts to shift my kids’ mindsets about “tests,” many still harbor old notions of tests in the classroom, which generally manifest in the form of anxiety. They are being tested. They are being…

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