Latest posts from Milwaukee

Jun 03 2013

Common Core is common sense

Big names in business and politics gathered on Mackinac Island last week for the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual Michigan Policy Conference. In addition to conversations about the state’s economic development efforts, a major focus of this year’s conference was education. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and “education reform activist” Michelle Rhee both had prominent roles…

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May 25 2013

Alumni Induction

I had the honor of speaking at our Alumni Induction last weekend. Below are the words I shared with my corps of Milwaukee teachers. My name is Alex Morgan and I am from the City of Detroit in the great State of Michigan. I know the D as the home of the automobile, the labor…

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May 08 2013

#thankateacher

What a day.  Teacher Appreciation Week and the day of a local levy for my hometown school district in Ohio.  As I see people coming out on social media to thank their teachers or argue in favor or against this levy, I reflected on my day.  Below will be an outline of my school day.…

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Jan 29 2013

The Winter Blues

It was so nice to go on a field trip today. During the school week, its a rarity to see the sun.  I arrive at school before the sun comes up, and don’t make it out until the sun goes down.  So, taking two campus tours today was just lovely.  Seeing the sun this afternoon…

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Jan 06 2013

Recommendations and Surveys

At the beginning, middle, and end of each year, Teach For America sends a survey to its corps members and asks us to rate a number of areas with regard to our performance as teachers and the staff’s performance as guides to our professional development. While some of the questions change from survey to survey,…

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Dec 03 2012

Temple Geometry

I do forget sometimes that people read this.   This Wednesday, my students will be embarking on a proofing adventure.  I’m going to set the scene with some East Asian music and we’re going to work through a proof.  A real one.  It’s going to be hard.  But so, SO great. I’ve realized (or I…

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Nov 18 2012

Reflections on Choice (the good and bad)

So. The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program.  The reason my lovely school exists.  What a tough idea to grapple with.   The good: –without it, would my students be at  less effective MPS school? –Christian and character grounded education for students who wouldn’t otherwise get it (while this isn’t a goal of the choice program, I…

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Nov 07 2012

I resisted…but they were right.

I was forced to bond with Lee Cantor this summer, as all 2012 Corps Members were.  We learned to give explicit directions, narrate the positive, and then redirect.  We all felt SO silly to recognize students who were on task… “____ is writing his name on the paper, ____ is working on the first problem”,…

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Oct 25 2012

Why I’m not thrilled to vote this election.

Well, I’m about to turn off my television because I can’t deal with any more political ads.  The political scientist student in me thinks that the election cycle is extremely interesting, but the teacher in me is a little exhausted by both sides (or any side) using nice phrases and emotional ploys to think that they alone…

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Oct 23 2012

Neither here nor there

I received my first quarter evaluation from my administration today.  I’m so thankful to have honest and supportive administration backing me at my school–they’re pushing me to make me better and provide extremely valuable resources.  All the same, though, as I walked into my evaluation I knew I could do better. Of COURSE I can…

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