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Room 2 and the Inaugural Address : The Future Voters in the 2020 Election Speak

We watched the Inaugural Address last week. It wasn’t just a passive activity. We watched the respectful and peaceful passing of power from one president to the next that has occurred now 45 times. We studied the Oath of Office, … Continue reading

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“Let Me Tell You Something…” Remembering Annie

I have postponed writing this page because I simply didn’t want it to be true. I wanted to wake up and think that the phone call I received a few weeks ago was just some horrible dream, and yet the … Continue reading

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It Will Take More Than A Safety Pin, But It’s A Start

It has been an amazingly challenging week. The election has brought out the best and the worst in people. I have never felt so confused, angry or frustrated. I am not just talking about the results of the election, although … Continue reading

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Writing Is Hard. That is the Plain and Simple Truth.

Writing is hard. That is just the plain and simple truth. Well I guess to be more explicit, writing well is hard. These past few weeks I have hit a crossroads in my doctoral work. I struggle with time, time … Continue reading

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Making New Partnerships: When Educators Learn Together

Lead2learn 2016 CWP and KQED from Janet Ilko Working with new partners broadens your horizons. Holly and I met Randy Depew first in digital spaces working with KQED Letters to the President materials. We had some quick emails but were … Continue reading

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Letters to the Future President: What Are Some of Our Big Ideas?

We have been working hard this week reading the student letters on the Letters to the Future president site and writing our own thesis statements. Here is the presentation we will be using this week to start building our arguments. … Continue reading

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#2020VotersforPresident #WeAreWatching

I awoke this morning to a Facebook message from a former student, now a sheriff in Texas. He saw the police shooting images from El Cajon on the national media, and wanted to ask me to stay safe.  I was … Continue reading

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A Week of Firsts and Lasts

Well today marks the beginning of my 29th year in education. I always thought I would retire in the school district where I began. I have had many different experiences in Cajon Valley, teaching grades 2-8, mentoring new teachers, working … Continue reading

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Sometimes All You Can Do Is Make Matzah Ball Soup…

Today was a myriad of feelings, joy, sorrow, satisfaction, frustration, anger and confusion. I began the day in my classroom, figuring out some lessons, setting up spaces, thinking about the upcoming year. I found a note in my box from … Continue reading

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In Flight: A Time to Reflect

“We all want to change the world, and sometimes we need to learn that it is harder than we think.” Rueben Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde I have learned to love to fly. I used to be petrified, … Continue reading

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