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Handshakes, High-Fives, and Hugs: Morning Minutes, June 10


Goodbye. Hate it. Always have. Makes me sad. This will be my twentieth end-of-the-year goodbye to a group of kids, and despite the numerous times I have done it, it’s never easy. So, today, I…

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Got Nothing: Morning Minutes, June 9, 2016


So, been sitting here for some time, and can’t think of anything to write, so I am gonna give myself permission to use this as a trial run for summer break, when I will not…

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Running out of Steam: Morning Minutes, June 8, 2016


Morning, all. Tired today. Running out of steam, and believe it or not, I’m running out of words. Need to recharge the ol’ batteries. Need summer. I know some think that we teachers have the…

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Walking the Walk: Morning Minutes, June 7, 2016


  Yesterday, it was my turn to deliver my injustice speech. I thought–hoped–that maybe with the craziness of the end of the year the kids would let me off the hook, but that was not…

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Sticky Notes: The Video


      And…they made the video.


Last Laugh: Morning Minutes, June 6, 2016


So, early Saturday morning, I stopped by my classroom to grab some papers to grade, and this is what I discovered. Transfixed by the sheer enormity of the task, I panned around the room, laughing…

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Giants Among Us: Morning Minutes, June 3, 2016


By now, I am sure you are tired of hearing about the incredible week I’ve experienced in 219. Bad news. I am not done. Good news. The week is over. ┬áSo, then, I will quit…

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Ridin’ the Pine: Morning Minutes, June 2, 2016


“A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary.” –Thomas Carruthers A simple truth. One that I did not always understand. One that I did not always accept. Tough to wrap one’s mind around the…

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A Rough Start: Morning Minutes, June 1, 2016


“Hey, Sy. So, I and a few others were doing the math, and it looks like if we decided not to deliver the speech, then that would only be a 20% penalty.” Crap. Really? This…

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