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Entries Tagged as 'management'

The up side of “Oh, what a day…,” or the benefit of having doubts

December 15th, 2008 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

I was struck by something John Patrick Shanley, the director of the movie Doubt, said in an NPR interview during my morning commute on Friday.  Asked about the relative merits of doubt and certainty, he replied that certainty is a closed door, while doubt is an open one. I like the thought, since at the […]

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Daily challenges to classroom management

October 29th, 2008 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

Ten minutes into my first class on Monday morning this week (5th grade), Rasheedah let out a bloodcurdling scream. I stopped class to see whether we needed 911. We didn’t. No one had touched her, but apparently, during an exploration of strength and stomping, she thought Cammie was chasing her and reacted as if a […]

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Heart o’ gold

August 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

I’m going to miss Jamal! He graduated, and he won’t be back this year. He was on my mind as I drove to school the other day to get ready. When he arrived in my class two years ago, he was in 4th grade and surly. New school, new classmates, new teacher… and dance?!? His […]

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