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I received an email recently that looked a lot like spam. No subject line; a string of numbers followed by “@qq.com” as the sender’s address; poor sub-par writing mechanics. But thank goodness I looked more carefully–I was looking at an email from one of the students I worked with in China!: Im Polly,I hope that…

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This is part 2 in a series on my experience teaching in China this summer. Part 1 is here. Today’s theme: exchanges. ***** As I was boarding my flight out of mainland China, I picked up a copy of China Daily,  the local English newspaper. Until then, I had missed any chance of reading the…

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I can’t get away from education, even when I’m on spring break (500 miles from DC, by the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee). Here’s the story: Our goal was to hike inside the national park today, before becoming Nashville-bound tomorrow. But the traffic stopped us. For some reason, cars were bumper to bumper on a…

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Jan 08 2011

2 Lessons from Week One of 2011

It would be ideal if I could say that I’ve had a fresh start to the new year–that 2011, like every new year, somehow ushers in a revitalized phase of teaching and learning.  But the reality is that my first week back (after break, and after my 5-week jury duty term) has been hellish. But…

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What does a teacher do with winter break? In many jobs, a fortnight vacation is elusive. Teachers, then, might be “lucky.” But no matter how “lucky” it might be to have an extended break, the truth is that it is sorely needed. If anything, the break is a time for reflection. Though I’m surrounded, at…

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weighing evidence

One of a grand juror’s primary responsibilities is to evaluate the credibility of evidence presented by a prosecutor. Can one trust what the witness is saying? Were there any inconsistencies in the statement? Additionally, a grand juror must factor in the type of evidence involved: is it “direct” (e.g. eyewitness account or offender’s confession) or…

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Nov 28 2010

Thank You and a Request

Two things: Thank you, Teach For Us. Will you donate to Teach For Us? ***** To the first, I have 10 reasons to thank Teach For Us: (1) Thank you for helping me decide—by offering the honest, and at times raw, blogs that populate your site—to join Teach For America. Through spending hours clicking through…

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welcome banner

I could tell that, as soon as he walked into the room, his real-life physical stature aligned extraordinarily well with his prominence in the Obama administration. His arrival, too, elicited a collective sigh of relief from the crowd crammed so tightly within the space that four sound-proofed walls had created. We really wanted to see…

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One species of finch

How do we as educators unleash the inner Darwin in every child? Having just returned from a weeklong cruise in the Galapagos Islands (what I called the ultimate professional development), I find myself constantly looping back to this question. The implicit task that I had set out to do spurred my thinking along these lines.…

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We found ourselves in a magical place: a school where the disruptive signals of cell phone communication would not reach.  A location so pure that AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile bars exist solely in one’s dreams.  Instead of electronic beeping, we heard the soft and steady pitter patter of rain on the roof of the classroom. …

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