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Narrative vs Exposition

Prompt: Why did you name your blog what you did? I was going to pass on this prompt, but I found out yesterday that I’m getting stulled this year, and realized that it is still an issue for me. Lately, I’ve been hearing english teachers talk about a focus on exposition. And traditional teaching has […]

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The 20% problem

I want to respond to a comment left on one of my other posts: I want the kids to learn and retain it for more than the test. I am a first year teacher, and my biggest struggle is getting the kids to do homework or even study for a test. Without a major makeup […]

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Stupid Standards

Okay. I don’t hate the standards so much. I hate the way that they’re written1. For example, from the California 7th grade standards: Number Sense 1.2 Add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers (integers, fractions, and terminating decimals) and take positive rational numbers to whole-number powers. Number Sense 2.3 Multiply, divide, and simplify rational numbers […]

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Lesson Planning

I made a previous offhand reference to a lesson planning group. I went to the second meeting yesterday. There are a number of problems with real world constraints: We have to find common meeting times that don’t interfere with other issues. The program that it’s a part of has a pushy timeline. The different teachers […]

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An argument against the real world

I recently joined a joint lesson planning group. The idea is that they either (a) create a new lesson, or (b) take a previously developed lesson, and refine the details, hopefully getting more nuanced as the effort is repeated. The lesson they had yesterday involved analyzing this question: Sandy has saved up $120 from babysitting. […]

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