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Just Take the Photo…Or Don’t

Karl Baresel, Teacher Writer
November 27, 2021

Toddlers just don’t understand the importance of waiting to eat a piece of candy. My son had three different opportunities to go Trick or Treating this year. We made sure that he had a cute costume ‒ a fuzzy green monster ‒ and that it wasn’t too tight and that it didn’t have any little props or hats that would annoy him. He had a cute little pumpkin bucket ready to collect a pile of candy....

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What They Don’t Know

ICTE 2021 Conference Attendees
October 16, 2021

What they don’t know is that my classroom is a delicate ecosystem A playground, a petri dish, for practice and patience We try and fail and win and lose a hundred times over in a day And then we get tomorrow.   What they don’t know is this isn’t a job It’s my blood, my bones, my brain Teaching takes passion And I have to work before I get to work to do this job This...

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On Teaching and TikTok

Emma Bireline, Teacher Writer
September 26, 2021

It was the Friday of homecoming week for my students and me. Even though many of my students had been out until the wee hours of the morning throwing rolls of toilet paper and smashing hotdogs on driveways, the excitement was electric; there really is no greater unity among the student body than the Friday of homecoming. Students were in their maroon and black Spartan gear awaiting the parade, coronation...

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Doing More with Less

Deneen Nelson, Teacher Writer
July 20, 2021

More than once, I’ve questioned my role in the profession I love on account of essays. They suppress my ability to relax, a constant weight hanging over my head that I can never seem to escape. While I haven’t reduced my essay load over the years, I have encountered strategies that allow me to do more with less – less stress and less time away from my family. STRATEGY 1: Student Reflection on...

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You Don’t Always Have to Choose

Karl Baresel, Teacher Writer
July 13, 2021

A teacher mentor once told me that in the difficult  days of teaching, specifically January through March, it can be a  good idea to write daily in a journal about the positive things going on in the classroom. I have done this off and on during my teaching career, recording the engaging lesson plans, fun interactions with students,and moments of happiness in my school day. My mentor could not have...

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Three Poems

Barb Edler, Teacher-Writer
June 30, 2021

Breastfeeding Today a cardinal blazes by Lands at the table feeder; begins to eat most happily   I never knew I loved the birds   Until the birds Were all that were Left to see   I never knew how much I’d miss   Raising children until my sons were grown and gone   I never knew how much I’d miss   The games they...

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