Summer Starts Right Now

When my students were promoted to second grade they recited a poem. Hello, Summer! -- (A Last Day of School Poem) by Gregory K. It begins with the lines Goodbye, classroom! Goodbye, Teach! You can find me at the beach... (The entire poem can be found here) I think of this poem today because it …

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Kuwait City

Kuwait is a country that seems like one big city and then desert. I've lived here for two years and I am not sure if Salmiya (where I live) is a separate city or simply a district or county or some other part of Kuwait City. The road between the two is short and busy …

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“I’m Sorry” easy to say but not always easy to mean.

"I'm sorry" is how we apologize to people. How we say we made a mistake and we regret it. It could have been a harsh word, a bump in passing, a lie, or any other number of things. We do our best to convey regret for hurting another person and maybe regret for our actions. …

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Boys are not fish

Most of us have probably heard the old adage "If you judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree it will always think it is stupid". This is commonly said about children and the current education systems ability to assess student performance. It's that time of year. The End. This is when we …

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First Five Years

The statistic is that most new teachers quit in the first 5 years. There are many reasons for this from administration to the zoo animals some people call children. Teachers are being asked to do more with less each day. From stagnant salaries and facilities to broken buildings and broken homes teachers have much to …

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