Tag Archives: Education

Un-slumping Yourself

Next episode in 10, 9, 8… I hit the play arrow quivered in its red target, committing to another 48 minutes of living my life through the eyes of an internet detective while my own is placed on pause. How … Continue reading

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Be a Lady — No Acting Required

Going to the gym is the equivalent of engaging in a sociological study. Today, my lens was gender. I glanced around the changing room and cringed at the curling irons, make up, hair spray, and accessories. Women were in many … Continue reading

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Live. Write. Grow.

Write something every day. These are words I live by and it is a message that I feed my students. These words are met with resistance, occasionally by myself and regularly by my students. In my classroom, each class starts with quiet … Continue reading

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Expect the Unexpected

First off, let me apologize to my political followers. This post is not about education, politics, elections, or unions. I should also apologize to my fellow writers out there. I do not plan on editing or making a final product of … Continue reading

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Miss Nelson is Missing

Last week marked the first week of school for students in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) and across the state. Those first days of school are filled with excitement for many – shopping for back to school supplies, gathering … Continue reading

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The BEP: Better on Paper than in Practice

Last week,  a report made public by the Joint Committee on Safety and Discipline concluded that only eighteen percent of the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) staff have seen a positive impact on student behavior under the Behavior Education Plan (BEP). This … Continue reading

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Public Schools are Already Accountable

With all this talk of accountability in the air, one would think that public schools were void of checks and balances, that teachers had free reign. That could not be further from the truth. Since the start of the school … Continue reading

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Make me a Match

TeacherMatch sounds like something straight off the cover of the Onion, especially when eyeing up the price tag, but it could be the new reality of the Madison Metropolitan School District. It is enough to make Yente, the matchmaker from … Continue reading

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Ready, Set, Bargain!

Approximately 250 people filled the McDaniels Auditorium in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) Administration building last Thursday night to advocate for the teachers’ right to a place at the bargaining table. Thirty people signed up to speak, including Representative … Continue reading

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Respect for Workers Means a Place at the Table

As the MTI red and AFSCME green packed the meeting room and the halls of the MMSD Administration Building Monday night, I couldn’t help but think that we’d been here before. The budget was on the work committee’s agenda, but … Continue reading

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