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Project 180

Do. Reflect. Do Better.

Our Beautiful Burden: Project 180, Day 15


Yesterday, despite my staying and working later than usual, my desk was still buried beneath student work. But that’s a load I am accustomed to, an endless cycle of never ahead, just less behind. The…

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Work: Project 180, Day 14


Maisie: This is hard. Me: Yep. You’re not wrong, Mais. How can I help? I don’t try to sugarcoat things with my kids. Writing is creating, and creating is a messy, hard affair. But it’s…

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It’s About Time: Project 180, Day 13


And it just sat there. Walked by it all weekend. At times, it was forgotten. At times, it beckoned me as if it were the beat of my telltale heart, echoing in my brain, “They…

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The Stress Less Classroom: Project 180, Day 12


“Sy, I didn’t quite finish…” “Um, I didn’t get a chance…” “I got the passage read and annotated, but…” “I’m sorry that I didn’t…”   Trail Talk Yesterday, was our first big turn-in day. “Life…

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Get Lost: Project 180, Day 11


“I’m lost,” she shared. “Awesome,” I exclaimed. Taken a bit by surprise, she and her friends cocked their heads, furrowed their brows, and smiled their doubts. Awesome? How’s that awesome? “Let’s get found,” I smiled…

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‘Cause Teaching Writing Ain’t Hard Enough: Project 180, Day 10


“I am not a writer.” “I am a writer.” “I am not a writer.” “I am not a writer.” “I am a writer.”   Trail Talk And that’s what I heard as we ended our…

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Made by Mistakes: Project 180, Day 9


  “But more, I am asking them to trust me. Only eight days in, that’s a lot to ask, but I will do all that I can to earn that trust–every single day.”   Trail…

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Moving Out: Project 180, Day 8


“With seven days behind us, the stage is set. We have already established the 4 R’s (roles, routines, rights, and responsibilities) and we have begun forging the fifth: relationships. I set a slow, deliberate pace…

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Doubt, Courage, and the Trail Ahead: Project 180, Day 7


  “And so I face my doubt–look straight into it, and if in that moment I find myself looking back, I know I am okay, for I am whole, my halves complete: courage and doubt;…

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A Hand not Heavy: Project 180, Day 6


  “We are creators of culture, and the choices we make give life to the environment that we share with our kids.”   Trail Talk “I forgot to share the grading policies with my parents…

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