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From Of to For to As: Project 180, Day 105


They aren’t ready. And, that’s the plan. Today, my kids will take a Sentence Performance that asks them to identify and fix fragments, run-ons, and comma splices. In addition, and in continuation of our work…

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She Made a Mistake: Project 180, Day 104


Once upon a classroom, I would have taken points away for such an egregious error. The directions were clear. I wrote them. I spoke them. But she did not read them. And she did not…

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Whatever They Need: Project 180, Day 103


Heavy heart this morning. Hard to process another school shooting. Harder to process how my kids are processing yesterday’s tragedy. We ended up having a snow day (happened after my post), so I have not…

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Hiding in the Shadows: Project 180, Day 102


What would we find? What would we learn? If we stepped into our students’ shadows for a single day, how would that change the way we see the world? How would it change the way…

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We Got This: Project 180, Day 101


There’s a stranger in my room today. She does not know me, and I do not know her. She does not know my kids, and they do not know her. She is there. Has to…

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A New Song: Project 180, Day 100


Cannot believe we moved into triple digits today. 100 days. In August, 180 seemed so many. But now, in February, it seems so little. Time is indeed illusory, a tease, a mirage, a ghost. And…

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First, We Do: Project 180, Day 99


Today is our first “Do” of the new semester. The kids will do their first performance today. For two weeks now, we have been warming up to and practicing our new “Chasing-Better Chant.” We have…

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Where’s the Line? Project 180, Day 98


Somewhere there’s a line. It divides. It defines. It draws. It repels. It compels. It impedes. It is there. But I cannot find the line. Somewhere there’s a line. “Sy, I have a drive today,…

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Change Is Good: Project 180 Guest Post


We did it. We made it through the first semester of our new grading approach. One thing that I am guilty of is always waiting for a new start, just like the kids. So, even…

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Choosing Champs: Project 180, Day 97


On a whim yesterday, I came up with an idea for kids to honor each other as we continue to build our new-semester communities. I had already planned on buying some candy bars from some…

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