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Joel

I taught last year in a k-12 school. Now I'm just teaching 6th grade in a middle school. I miss how close everyone was in the community at the smaller school. (The Divine Comedy would be an excellent choice of theme though. Go for it!)

hipteacher

I have occasional issues with the whole private school thing, but I LOVE the K-12 school too. Everyday my entire class waves like crazy at my kid as he walks to the cafeteria for lunch with his kindergarten class. It's awesome.

Lee Higginbotham

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Alison

I stumbled across your blog a few weeks ago, and I love it. I teach 11th grade English at a private school in the mid-Atlantic and run into many of the issues that you discuss in your entries.

My AP class is starting the Inferno tomorrow. We are also creating our own private Infernos (a world where everyone wears whale-print pants, perhaps?).

Best of luck.

Mrs. T

I LOVE the Divine Comedy analogy. It is perfect. (Maybe you could suggest it to a trusted group of renegade seniors, and it could be an after-school project, specific to their class... their own personal hellish freshman-year experiences, stuff of the sort, published through LuLu.com? The idea seems too good to waste simply due to administration's small-minded views on Hell analogies :P )

Regarding the Grateful Dead, I think the problem in this particular case is less a lack of taste and more a desire to test hte boundaries. Kids think "old" bands like that are cool because those guys did drugs, so if I like their music, I'm, like, a rebel too, because that means that I think it's cool to, like, do drugs and stuff. Same appeal Bob Marley and Pink Floyd have on the high schoolers, but GD have the cute little teddy bears, which gets you the all-important female vote.

:)

Analia

Hi! I'm an Uruguayan EFL teacher finding new ways to encourage students to write. To do so, we have created two blogs where they are starting to post; however,I think they would feel more motivated if they knew people from around the world visit them and read what they have to say.
Could you help me? Please, visit their blogs and leave a comment. I'll appreciate it.
Thanks!
Analía

http://donotreadmythiblog.blogspot.com/

http://preprofwritingproject.blogspot.com/

Tom Darling

Why not take a pile of yearbooks from different eras and different times and deconstruct them?

One of the problems with yearbooks is what seems "cool" and original at age 17 is horrible at... well, 18 and older. Yet, some things are universal and age well. Perhaps if members speak with their parents, and ask what they WISH the yearbook had been.

It might inspire them to go a bit deeper.

I would most certainly NOT suggest any themes or even layouts. Students need to discover their voice, and it can only be done by asking questions (does a pot leave really symbolize the class of 2009?) and some clear limits (no swearing, for example). As clever as you might be, they are going to do the work and live with the results. Your suggestions carry a context and history they do not have, and will adopt your suggestions because they want to please you.

Jarret

I would say most people are delayed in the area of taste . . . permanently.

Victoria A Flint

Your best bet is to use stick people. They never go out of style.
V-

Sophie

Aren't the dancing bears old news yet? They were intriguing/counterculture/whatever when I was in high school... like a long time ago. Where's the new rebellion material?

Anyway, the reason I came across your blog is because I'm hunting high school teachers right now. I co-edit a new literary magazine called The Normal School and we're giving copies to teachers who would like to make use of them in the classroom. We aren't boring or inaccessible and our inaugural issue features some serious names. We also challenged McSweeney's Quarterly Concern to a bloody fistfight. If you or fellow teachers who are readers of your blog are interested in receiving copies, let me know. Thanks.

A GIRL

hello
I am not a teacher but I want to know "IF ONE DAY a teacher go to school and see there is no student behind a table BECUZ he or she is died in a bombared with no reason on their home what does a tescher feel? does it sound good ? WHAT DO YOU FEEL?
WHY YOU DO NOT PAY ATTENTION WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE STUDENT IN GAZA?
ARE U SATIZFIED THAT IT HAPPEN TO YOUR STOUDENT?

A GIRL

hello
I am not a teacher but I want to know "IF ONE DAY a teacher go to school and see there is no student behind a table BECUZ he or she is died in a bombared with no reason on their home what does a tescher feel? does it sound good ? WHAT DO YOU FEEL?
WHY YOU DO NOT PAY ATTENTION WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE STUDENT IN GAZA?
ARE U SATIZFIED THAT IT HAPPEN TO YOUR STOUDENT?

Vern Smith

My wife Eleanor and I have decided to do an different educational blog.

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I am asking you for your first impression. If you like what you see please link to our site. If you think we have something that others can use you might write a blog entry about your impression of our site. Your recommendation will go a long way in getting others to check us out. We can only be successful if we meet a need and do it well. Please give us your honest feedback. Also remember that we are just getting started and we will be adding material daily.
Thank You
Vern & Eleanor Smith

Toni Barton

I have just created a website for the modern teacher/school administrator, www.teachanista.com. There is no other site like it and am still in the beginning stages of the site, please check it out. It is a fun/trendy site for educators, with some of the major components including fashion advice for educators, up-to-date info on current issues in education and career advice for women in education, I would love to be added to your blog list and highlighted on your site.
Thanks.

Toni Barton
Director of Special Education
SAIL Public Charter School, Washington, D.C.
tbarton@wvsarts.org
tonibarton@yahoo.com

Katie

Isn't half the fun of high school looking back and realizing what a dork you were? I thought yearbooks exist only for my daughter to laugh at my high school years, just like I used to laugh at my mom's lime green ensembles and horn-rimmed glasses.

Don't go spoiling the fun for your students' future children and grandchildren by coercing them into being tasteful.

www.studenthandouts.com

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