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Kicked Off Stage: Morning Minutes, January 29, 2016


Of course, as it goes, my kids had to wait till the very last day of the semester to be their most attentive–all eyes forward, pin-drop silent, truly in tune with what was before them….

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Next Time: Morning Minutes, January 28, 2016


Next Time Next time what I’d do is look at the earth before saying anything. I’d stop just before going into a house and be an emperor for a minute and listen better to the…

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Finally Getting It: Morning Minutes, January 27, 2016


So yesterday, in 219, my kiddos took the first of two finals, an assessment on rhetorical elements in two speeches.  They had to not only identify the elements but also analyze them and then deliver…

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Morning Minutes: January 26, 2016


Responsiblity: the opportunity or ability to act independently and make decisions without authorization.  This is but one definition of responsibility, but it is the one that I believe best fits the world I am attempting…

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Morning Minutes: January 25, 2016


Choices.  Choices not only promote independence, but they also require responsibility, taking ownership of one’s self-selected actions.  And while life, for young and old, is full of choices, this week for students and teachers, choice…

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Weekly Wonder: I wonder if our grading system is fair.


Is Our Grading System Fair? “A zero has an undeserved and devastating influence, so much so that no matter what the student does, the grade distorts the final grade as a true indicator of mastery….

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Their Thoughts


“This speaks to me this year. With being a first year coach and teacher, my volleyball season was one where I rarely had time to myself. I would have Sunday as my only day “off”…

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Morning Minutes: January 22, 2016


Push ups?  In English class? So, two days ago, feeling especially drained after school, wanting only to sit down in my chair and take a nap, I made myself go for a run with my…

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Morning Minutes: January 21, 2016


“Schools should help students learn to respect values such as hard work, tolerance, democratic citizenship, the rule of law, and intellectual inquiry.  The role of the school is to socialize children into existing norms and…

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Morning Minutes: January 20, 2016


At Cheney High School we do something pretty cool.  We praise and recognize kids with tickets for their actions in an effort to build community and spirit.  The kids then turn in the tickets to…

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