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Oops: Morning Minutes, February 29, 2016


Morning, all.  So, my typing skills already leave a lot to be desired, but now with my new boo-boo, they really are wanting.  Wish it were a better story, but near the end of my…

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People Are Talking


Happy Saturday, all.  Wanted to share with any who care, that my “Is Our Grading System Fair” post on Edutopia has been quite active today,  with people both supporting and challenging my views;  I responded…

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Head Above Water: Morning Minutes, February 26, 2016


I’d like to begin by giving a huge shout out and thank you to Debi Hammel for sending a utensil care package to 219 yesterday.  Your generous gift will help many a kid fill their…

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A New Hat: Morning Minutes, February 25, 2016


So, as some know, I have a few names: Syrie, Sy, SuperSy, Super Syrie, Silly Syrie, Stern Syrie, and the latest…Sy the Utensil Guy.  I’m not exactly sure how/when this began, but it is my…

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End of the Day: Morning Minutes, February 24, 2016.


Monday I mentioned that my helping kids with their speeches  would be the most challenging and satisfying work I would do this week.  I should have also said it would be the most exhausting.  For four…

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Own It: Morning Minutes, February 23, 2016


“Morning, Meg.  Did you read?” “Uh, I only read the first two chapters.  When I have a lot of homework, this class is my safety valve.” This is not an out-of-the-ordinary conversation in 219.  With…

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Love of Labor: Morning Minutes, February 22, 2016


Morning, all.  Ready or not, Monday’s here.  Gonna be a busy week in 219. Complex Sentence Practice: distinguishing between independent and dependent clauses. Night Discussions: segments 1- 3 today, segments 4 – 6 on Friday….

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A Bigger Pond


So, I discovered that a discussion that I posted to Edutopia is “trending.”  And while I am not exactly sure what that means, I don’t think it’s a bad thing.  I was told the number…

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Heartbroken: Morning Minutes, February 19, 2016


     “Syrie!  We have to talk,” asserted Stephanie as she marched toward me, finger pointing, eyes wide.      “What’s up, Steph?” I stammered, backpedaling as she came on, a mini drama unfolding as…

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Keepin’ it Real: Morning Minutes, February 18, 2016


Love my kids. Truly. It is they who make my day, the reasons I do what I do.  But sometimes I do not like their behavior, and the little stinkers make me grumpy.  Yesterday, 6th…

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