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Pop Quiz: Woo Hoo!! Spring Break!!

*Disclaimer: Daylight Savings Time has turned me into the walking dead. I have not functioned properly since before the time change. This pop quiz may read like stereo instructions because of this. Sorry. This week is “spring” break for me at most of the colleges I teach at.  Of course …

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Required Readings

Required Readings, 8 December 2013

Many people around the world will stay home talking to themselves because that’s clearly the best way to end hunger in the Earth. This and more in today’s Required Readings, have a nice Sunday and enjoy! ‘Pocket Constitution’ carries religious messages to students – religious agenda is being transmitted to …

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I’m Going to Be a Bitch Here for Just a Moment

Over the last few days, we had a horrible scare at my school. One of our students disappeared, in his car, leaving his wallet and phone behind. They found his car a few states away, abandoned. Before school, some students gathered for a prayer group outside of our school, I …

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Higher EducationSecondary Education

Sensational: It’s the Secular Student Alliance!

You see them as you walk down the halls at any high school in America – fliers for Christian groups abound. “Come to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes!” “Join the Before-School Prayer Group!” It’s enough to make a secular teacher feel a little bit ill. If we look at the …

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Pop Quiz: Cable in the classroom?

When I was in high school, my foreign language teacher had a live cable hookup in her classroom. The official rationale for this was that it would allow her advanced classes to watch foreign language programming and improve their skills, though in reality it often meant we would watch whatever …

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Pop QuizSecondary Education

Pop Quiz: I’ll Throw A Firecracker At Her Face If I Feel Like It

Teaching high school students can be such a wonderful and rewarding experience. I’ve gone home from work on an emotional high so many times for so many reasons, almost always because of the delight that can come from working with young people who are, at the heart of it, good …

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Pop QuizSecondary Education

Pop Quiz: Teaching life skills?

Happy April Fools’ Day! Or as I usually end up calling it, “Dan, why haven’t you started doing your taxes yet” Day, which admittedly had a bit less of a ring to it, though it does result in (somewhat) fewer intentional deceptions. You’d think I’d be a little more on …

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PedagogyPop QuizSecondary Education

Pop Quiz: Today’s Lesson Will Begin After These Trailers

Yesterday was the last day of term here before our two-week April break. It was a dress-down day, the school was quieter than usual due to quite a few pupils opting to start their break a day early, and there was a pretty cheery atmosphere around the building. The preceding …

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Secondary Education

Puppies Fix Everything: A Tale of Creative Writing

I was given the best class ever this semester. It’s Creative Writing, and the class is full of sophomores, juniors and seniors. They’re all girls, and they’re all NICE. Seriously nice. Twenty-five of the brand of high school girls who giggle and blush and give each other compliments and make …

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Pop QuizSecondary Education

Pop Quiz: That’s gay, he’s retarded, she’s a slut. Wait, what did I say?!

Spend enough time any average high school and you’re likely to hear more than your fair share of colourful language. If I stand at the door of my class room to keep an eye on corridor behaviour during change of period, I’m almost certain to hear the odd casual swear …

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