Category Archives: School culture

Connecting the Public and Personal in Education (Part 1 of 2)

“Teaching is always done at the dangerous intersection of personal and public life. … As we try to connect ourselves and our subjects with our students, we make ourselves, as well as our subjects, vulnerable to indifference, judgment, ridicule. To … Continue reading

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Putting the ‘public’ back into public school

Today was the first day back for teachers at my school, and the beginning of eight days of faculty collaborative work and curriculum preparation before the students return.  At the beginning of the day the main activity at the first … Continue reading

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They shoot teachers, don’t they? – A reflection on cheating in the Atlanta schools

DOBIJAĆ Sometimes only a word from another language has the ability to capture the real essence of a feeling or idea. These words often don’t have direct translations. I am using the Polish word, dobijać, to describe what I imagine … Continue reading

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Involving parents in learning, or else

I thought I was doing the right thing. Yet, my efforts led to a full frontal assault by mom. I ducked. She weaved. I ran. Of course I am talking about a mother starling that had taken exception to my … Continue reading

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10 Minutes to a Respectful School Culture

One of my favorite seasons of the year began yesterday. Gateway season. It’s the four days at the end of the year when our regular school schedule stops for students to present their independent projects and work portfolios to be … Continue reading

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