Monthly Archives: January 2011

Only a Teacher

I’ve become that teacher.
The one who believes that my experience somehow legitimizes my opinion of who has the right to comment on education. The one who judges, evaluates and ultimately, I’m finding, dismisses as irrelevant and unworthy any educated human being lacking a teaching license talking about experience in the classroom. Continue reading

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Make Your Mark

How does Learner’s Edge make its mark on you? We hope we make a mark – we want you to get to know us and we want to get to know you. Continue reading

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Autobiography T-Shirt

What better way to display writing in an “authentic task” format than on a t-shirt that your students can wear to show off their writing skills? Continue reading

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Mitochondria, Co-Tangents and Plath- Oh My!

Name 5 pillars of American Literature who wrote during the 17th, 18th, or 19th century. This question was posed in some random party game I recently played. Neither I, nor my teammates, could muster any more than 4 correct responses. Our opponents laughed at us. A few rounds later, they were tasked with naming 5 parts of a typical cell (nucleus, ribosome, mitochondria, etc). They couldn’t do it. And we laughed a sweet, vengeful laugh. Continue reading

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Body Language

Students talk about what we wear, if we have a stain on our shirt, if we cough or stutter or sniff or gesture too much or too little. Continue reading

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Freedom of the Written Word

Our translator challenged, “How do we know you can read?” All of the teachers were embarrassed, and felt that he was being disrespectful. We didn’t need proof- we heard the answers, we saw honesty and strength in their eyes. But one older woman rose to her bare feet in the humid, dusty room, stood amongst her female counterparts, and in Santhal calmly replied, “Give me a book and I will show you.” Continue reading

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Typical Children

My 7th grade son came home and told me he is in the “dummy” math class. Continue reading

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