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Believe it or not, I’m still here and I still intend to keep this blog alive. I blame my first semester of law school for my lack of writing. Now that I’m on break, I finally have time to put away the massive casebooks and return to pleasure reading. Boy, did I miss that. Given…

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Nov 15 2010

“Sub-Proof” Lesson Plans?

After spending 8+ hours on a Sunday, I’ve finally learned how difficult it is to prepare substitute lesson plans. As I’ve described, tomorrow I begin a grand jury commitment that will last until winter break begins. Because I have a “hands-off” sub in my classroom, I need to prepare 5 weeks of stuff for my…

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Nov 09 2010

An Experiment: Remote Teaching

One week from now, I will be returning from my first full day as a grand juror in the DC Superior Court. The back-story is interesting. I received a jury summons in late July for a 5+ week September/October term. Realizing that I had been summoned to a grand, and not a petite, jury, I…

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“Come ON, Mr. K!–you’ve got a room full of black kids begging you to read and you’re going to deny them?!” – Student, utterly amazed that teacher would cut off independent reading block at 30 minutes. My students clearly know about stereotypes. The implied stereotype that this student refers to is that black students don’t…

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Sep 04 2010

Pondering The Practice Process

One of the unforeseen positive outcomes of participating, as a “teacher-blogger,” in a recent Education Sector policy panel was that I met some amazing teacher-bloggers. Dina Strasser over at The Line always has insightful posts on various topics in education.  Recently, I read a guest post on her blog by Kathleen Cushman–whom Dina proclaims is…

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This is the third in an ongoing series that applies economic theory to aspects of education (introduction in Part 1). Teaching is a time-sensitive profession.  There is not a single moment where a teacher is not aware of time.  Furthermore, in an urban school setting, where students are often many years behind, time becomes even…

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Who knew that delegation to students in the classroom would actually improve management?  Up until this week, every bone in my body shouted to me that allowing my students to carry out any of the responsibilities traditionally held by the teacher would create a more peaceful classroom.  Yet, with the new semester, I figured it…

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