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Wondering about grades? Us, too. Also: adjuncts in the news, charter school walkouts, computer graded writing. It’s Required Reading 2-6-2014!

What’s in a grade? Does a high GPA from a prestigious university indicate  a moral and unthuglike character ?   Why bring it up? Speaking of grades, why the leap from D to F?  Shouldn’t you lose points for forgetting one of the most popular letters? Well, New Jersey really needs …

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Pop Quiz: Music in the Classroom

I am Jennifer and this is my official first post on School of Doubt.  I am public school science teacher in Pennsylvania and I without further ado here is today’s pop quiz. This week in my class we measured the densities of various drinks in order to estimate their sugar …

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Pop Quiz: This Book has been Rated NC-17

Happy Friday, Pop Quizzers! Let’s talk about sex and violence and monsters!   Our school library is one of my favourite places to be during my working day. It’s packed to the gills with all sorts of wonderful fiction and non-fiction books and it’s surprisingly well used by the pupils. …

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Pop Quiz – But She’s Been Dead For Fifteen Yeeeeeears…

Hallowe’en! Hooray! The one day in the year when teachers can attempt to terrify their students to their very cores without feeling guilty about it later on.   Every Hallowe’en I like to turn my classroom into a den of horror fiction. I usually put aside normal lessons for that …

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Pop Quiz: This Post has been Censored for your Protection.

Today I taught a Forbidden Poem. A piece of writing deemed so offensive by a select group of people that a few years ago teachers were told to literally tear up every book that contained it. The government removed this poem from the English syllabus across an entire country, meaning …

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Pop Quiz: Science Olympiad

Last year, I was asked (rather last minute) to help with our regional Science Olympiad. This is an event where teams from junior high or high schools compete in various science, technology, and engineering tests and challenges, earning points and medals for their team. It’s like a track meet for …

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High School Assemblies, Rife with Prayers and Other Assorted Woo?

I went to high school approximately two millennia ago, in the 1980s. Back then, I guess we didn’t think kids needed so much inspiring or guiding or straight-scaring or whatever, because I don’t remember anything like the number of all-school assemblies my son now has at his high school, at …

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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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Pop Quiz: You Have One Hour To Learn All There Is To Know About Rape

Hi there, Doubters! I’m really sorry that this post is a little late; Friday night traffic is rotten. I’ll make this a quickie so that we’re not delayed too much longer.   Today we had a visitor from a rape counselling service in our school. Each year she visits for …

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Pop Quiz: Woah, I Wasn’t Expecting Them To Say That

Hey there, Scholars of Doubt! It’s the weekend and, depending where in the world you are, the end of one of the first weeks of the new school term. I’m really pleased with my classes this year; I haven’t experienced any major discipline issues yet and almost all of the …

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