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my grown-up Christmas

for the first time since i moved to kansas in 1979, i did not wake up today (Christmas morning) at my parents’ house. it’s quite possible i have experienced selective amnesia on this, but i’m pretty sure it’s true. actually, … Continue reading

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when you do the math, togetherville still leaves a gap

I think I had heard of this new little social media site called Togetherville, but when I saw this on the Orange Leaders blog today it peaked my curiosity. Togetherville.com is a site where the “pre-Facebook crowd and their grownups” … Continue reading

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just kidding

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. These are brave words to trot out when we want to deflect hurtful words, but do they really reflect our true selves? It stinks getting hurt. I … Continue reading

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13-year-old to attempt everest summit

Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) — Thirteen-year-old Jordan Romero is climbing Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, not only for himself but to inspire more young people to get outdoors. “Obese children are the future of America the way things are going,” … Continue reading

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top down

Regency Place Elementary is one of my favorite schools to sub at. Not only are the kids over-the-top friendly, polite, hardworking, and fun, the teachers go out of their way to make you feel welcome. (I’ve visited many a teacher’s … Continue reading

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once a warrior, always a warrior

Ten years ago today, a group of 6th graders in Leawood, KS, lost a dear friend in a four-wheeler accident. I would meet those students about five months later when I became their 7th grade teacher. I wrote this piece … Continue reading

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When this all-male public charter school in Chicago started four years ago, only 4% of its students could read at their grade level. Every single one of these 107 seniors has now been accepted to a four-year college, with over … Continue reading

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