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Pop Quiz: Field Trips

Greetings, all. Thanks to the magic of the internet, I’m in Chile right now touring a state-of-the art radio telescope for its inauguration! My subs will be watching the comments, however, so behave. While I’m on my field trip to the Atacama Desert, let’s talk about field trips in general. …

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Secondary Education

Miss Maudie Tells it Like it Is!

As a public school teacher, I can’t teach atheism. I don’t think I would even if I could; part of my conviction that atheism is the most truthful option for me is because I spent so long studying atheism and trying other paths. I want my students to meander along …

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RR: 10 March 2013

Good morning, scholars! I know many of us will be especially grumpy today after sacrificing an hour of sleep on the altar of daylight savings. Please take all the time you need for these Required Readings; there’s no quiz: Stories about public school districts that are adopting the newfangled “flipped …

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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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Thinking Critically about Formal Education

NPR featured a story today titled “Skipping Out On College And ‘Hacking Your Education,’” in which they discuss the book Hacking Your Education by Dale Stephens, who also founded the website UnCollege.org. I felt like I was being a jerk in my head when I first saw the story, because my …

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Secondary Education

Bye Bye, Billboard.

I love my job. I really do. I’d been waiting for a job at this prestigious suburban school since I first began my teaching career. My old job, where I toiled for eight years, wasn’t really satisfactory in many different ways. The department – and, to be honest, all of …

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Lesson Plans: Using Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” To Teach Logical Fallacies

Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” must stand as one of the most anthologized works in literature textbook history. Here, from the vantage point of my professorial desk, I can lay eyes on at least four volumes that feature it. What’s so great about “The Lottery?” For one, the story …

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Required Readings

Fighting Creeping Creationism — Full episode of Bill Moyers interviewing 19-year-old anti-creationism activist Zack Kopplin and historian Susan Jacoby. Also, Zack Kopplin’s Interactive Map of Voucher Schools Teaching Creationism in the U.S. — When “school choice” means choosing baloney…and funding it with tax dollars. The Free Technology for Teachers blog — a resource for teachers …

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