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Nancy Coolidge | Winning the battle

Two really nice things happened in my junior English class last week. We were finishing up “The Great Gatsby.” The kids were pretty excited about it — they’d done some work in their history class about the era; many of the students, mostly girls, had seen the latest movie, the book was short; the prose not too challenging. Most of the students actually read the book and didn’t rely on Spark Notes or other internet sources for their information. So the class discussion was lively and good.
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Winning the Battle

Two really nice things happened in my junior English class last week. We were finishing up The Great Gatsby. The kids were pretty excited about it – they’d done some work in their history class about the era; many of the students, mostly girls, had seen the latest movie, the book was short; the prose not too challenging. Most of the students actually read the book and didn’t rely on Spark Notes or other internet sources for their information. So the class discussion was lively and good.
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Nancy Coolidge | Birthday reflections: things that have changed, things that remain

I celebrated a birthday this week, and as I’ve done for many years, I set aside some time for reflection. I was thinking about all the things that were integral parts of my life that are totally unknown to my students: slide rules, adding machines, princess phones, remoteless television, typewriters, pagers, black boards and chalk, dittos, reel to reel tape recorders, encyclopedias, propeller planes …
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Computer Learning: The Debate Goes On

Technology in the classroom has been a “hot topic” in education for as long as I can remember. Even when I was in high school – and that was a very long time ago – teachers were outraged because people were suggesting that in the not-too-distant-future they would be replaced by robots and/or computers. We seem to think technology will solve all the problems educators face – large classes, huge range of knowledge and ability, dysfunctional families, poverty, changing rules, changing curricula. To me there is a flaw in the ...
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Time's Running Out; For Many it is Out!

 Only a couple weeks remain before the end of the semester. This is it. Credits are at stake. Graduation is at stake. Students are scrambling and teachers are upset that the kids are scrambling now. Not 6 weeks ago. Not at the quarter. There is a lot of stress and anxiety from parents, teachers, and students. And guess what? It didn’t need to happen this way.
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A New Kind of Cigarette

I recently learned that some of our students are using something called a hookah pen and thought it might be beneficial to share some information with our readers. A hookah pen is the latest in the electronic cigarette world, but it is different from e-pens because most of them do not have nicotine (although some do). Instead the focus is on intense flavors and popular colors. The pen itself is about the size of a standard pen and comes with an activation button that, when pressed, gives you a huge ...