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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap

The St Louis Making the Grade series has undergone a brief hiatus (read: 8 months), but I am ready to resurrect it, in part because I have a number of places which are itching to be reviewed.  Today’s establishments are a pair of Mexican restaurants which count themselves amongst some of TFA corps members’ preferred list.
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Last week, I had the unfortunate circumstance of losing two of my otherwise smart students to dumb decisions they made; one for possession of marijuana and the other for possession of a prescription pill that belonged to someone else (the student rumor mill indicates it was speed). In the state of Missouri, possession of 35 grams or…

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In 1999, a settlement was reached concerning a lawsuit from the 1970s that alleged city schools in the Saint Louis area were of inferior quality compared to those of the more affluent school districts in the surrounding county. This in fact was true and because of the racial and ethnic divisions in the St Louis…

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It has been a while since my last TFA post, and even longer since my last debate post, but now that we’ve had our second debate tournament of the season I figured one was due. My co-coach and I have taken a very hands-on approach to debate this year with the big goal of creating…

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This was the vernacular my debate co-coach and I used to disarm any and all fears our potential debaters for this year might have about getting ready for our first debate tournament of the season.  We are about three weeks away from T1, and our kids observed their first full 90 minute debate between some…

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Sep 10 2011

Extracurricular Activities

It’s been a busy first few weeks for me at school this year, and as I’ve outlined before, I have a number of additional items on my plate this year which have added many extra hours of work each week. The good news on the busy front is the progress that has been made these past…

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As a part of my education on educating over the past 16 months, one of the common threads that keeps recurring is this idea of multiple intelligences and multiple learning styles.  The gist of this idea – which always struck me as one of those theories spawned from the field of sociology to help make a group…

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I have previously written both a scathing critique and an update post on the Facebook Law, a free-speech chilling, backwards-looking education policy passed through the Missouri legislature under the pretenses of an otherwise positive child sexual abuse prevention bill. Since the last update where an individual teacher filed suit and the Missouri State Teachers Association filed for…

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As an educator in Missouri, teaching in a low-income community school in an unaccredited school district (St Louis Public Schools), one of the lifelong learning topics I focus on is college readiness.  We talk about four years of high school, followed by four years of college as a possible ticket out of poverty, and I…

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A couple weeks ago, I wrote a scathing rebuke of the recently passed “Facebook Law” in the state of Missouri.  The law, sponsored by radical Republican State Senator Jane Cunningham, represents another example of Missouri’s ineptness in providing 21st century education. The law in all its overbroad and excessive vagueness establishes as criminal activity the use…

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