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Oct 12 2010

The Tallest

What will it be today to anchor me in this rushing time? What will it be today to seal my conscious into each layer of slanting daylight? These things I wonder when I duck out of the back room with the flame in the corner – the room that opens the day to us from…

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Oct 04 2010

My Students’ Voices

My favorite thing to do at the end of the week is close my door and venture into the storage closet in the back of my room (which I’ve dubbed the Bat Cave) with my students journals. I’ll look out the window for a moment or two and then settle in to the broken roll…

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Sep 27 2010

Promises

One of the best (and most dangerous) things I can do in my classroom is make promises. My students remember. I’ve found that on the days I’m most prepared and focused on our long-term direction, I’ll excitedly make promises about things we’ll do and read, projects we’ll engage in and places we’ll go. Promises keep…

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Sep 20 2010

Workspace

People often ask me – “How do you manage to teach and still have a life, how do you get all of your work done?” The answer is quite simple – we created a workspace. If you have a Library-Study-Annex in your house, your work practically does itself.

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Sep 14 2010

Beginning (Again)

Trust the process I’ll normally do my best to not trust a process or admit that there are many processes that work. It seems like each time I trust one, the game changes and I have to shift gears, approaches and methods. Most of the time, I feel like it’s best to stay nimble and…

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Sep 06 2010

The Longest Year of My Life

I think I’ve figured out how to slow time down. The last year of my life was easily the longest year I’ve ever lived. May through May felt like an eternity. In a good way. When I was younger, my father would talk to me about how our lives seem to lengthen when we do…

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As previously mentioned, while traveling this summer, I’ll be updating SoDak it Hurts with excerpts from the ‘zine we created this spring around the idea, What it Takes to Begin. I hope you enjoy! __________________________________ What it Takes It is both a blessing and a curse, that drive is.  On mornings I’m running late, I…

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Jul 05 2010

What it Takes to Begin -Excerpt- “The Drum”

As previously mentioned, while traveling this summer, I’ll be updating SoDak it Hurts with excerpts from the ‘zine we created this spring around the idea, What it Takes to Begin. I hope you enjoy! __________________________________ The Drum The Drum in the high school commons, Every morning at 8:20 a.m.. A heartbeat for this day. The…

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Jun 29 2010

What it Takes to Begin -Excerpt- “Wake Up Call”

As previously mentioned, while traveling this summer, I’ll be updating SoDak it Hurts with excerpts from the ‘zine we created this spring around the idea, What it Takes to Begin. I hope you enjoy! __________________________________ Wake Up Call Why? I ask myself.  Why am I still here? A question—one of many—that I cannot answer. Yet…

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Jun 21 2010

What it Takes to Begin -Excerpt- “Sono Sveglia”

As previously mentioned, while traveling this summer, I’ll be updating SoDak it Hurts with excerpts from the ‘zine we created this spring around the idea, What it Takes to Begin. I hope you enjoy! __________________________________ Sono Sveglia (I Am Awake) The sun swiftly trips in his hurry to please And awakens orange in everything while…

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