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Rotten Tomatoes: Project 180, Day 58


Each week I seek to make myself unnecessary. I intentionally take myself off the stage, so the students may star. And that is not easy. I like the stage; I like the spotlight. So, giving…

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And a Child Shall Lead Them: Project 180 Guest Post


  Month two is over in our journey. The speed at which time has gone is unreal. After I had made the jump into the journey last month, October has seemed to feel a lot…

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Who’s the Boss? Project 180, Day 57


“Sy, I’m gonna make an executive decision.” “Yes!” I exclaimed, jumping up from my desk, pumping my fist, reveling in Jaden’s words.” Truly, music to my ears, a testament to his ownership of his learning….

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Find Your Way: Project 180, Day 56


  Morning, all. Fell back asleep in my chair this morning, so this will be a short, practical post. I have been experimenting a bit with writing. Well, really, I have been experimenting a bit…

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Hard Pill: Project 180, Day 55


  128. 128 students. 128 people. Each different. Each strong. Each fragile. I will try. I will succeed. I will fail. I will fail. I will enter room 211 today eager to reunite with my…

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Thank You


I find myself thankful for much this holiday. I am thankful for my lovely wife Sherry and her support. I am thankful for my two beautiful children Finn and Arya. I am thankful for my…

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Dear Mom and Dad: Project 180, Day 54


Next week we have parent conferences. The kids are actually out of school on Monday and Tuesday, but teachers have to be there, have to be available for conferences. Available for conferences. And we will…

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Without Me: Project 180, Day 53


Yesterday, I set four goals for myself with the Sentence Scramble game. Goal. Provide a novel practice opportunity with clauses and phrases. Goal. Provide opportunity for kids to collaborate. Goal. Minimize my role in the learning process. Goal. Provide…

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Let’s Play: Project 180, Day 52


  Goal. Provide a novel practice opportunity with clauses and phrases. Goal. Provide opportunity for kids to collaborate. Goal. Minimize my role in the learning process. Goal. Provide a fun learning experience for kids. Wednesdays…

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Sleepy Sy: Project 180, Day 51


Morning, all. Slept in a bit, which is a rare occasion for me. Teaching college classes on Monday and Tuesday nights kicks my butt a bit, and today I’m feeling it, so there won’t be…

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