Category Archives: Work

halfway out, and still fighting the bad rap

Halfway through the sixty days’ resignation to retirement, I’m thinking about the posts I’ve written as a map of where my mind has been. Surprised that I’m still reflecting so much on teaching–still infuriated over new teacher evaluation systems and … Continue reading

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high stakes testing: stone walled vs. living stones

High-stakes testing really makes my blood boil. (If you’ve kindly read the past few posts: Can you tell?) More than that. It makes my stomach turn. A good student (summa cum laude graduate), I was a lousy test taker—a tried-and-true … Continue reading

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high-stakes testing hurts

It had been quite a six months for our son. His paternal grandfather had died twelve days before his ninth birthday in December; his maternal grandfather was hospitalized with misdiagnosed strokes in January; his father was diagnosed in February with … Continue reading

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tests and measurements–what’s valid?

No apologies. Certified psychology teacher that I am, this post, nevertheless, does not pretend to use “invalid” in its psychometric sense. No concern here with validity or reliability of test measurements, either. No. This post makes an argument about the … Continue reading

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…”can never tell”…

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. From the first moments of my teaching career, I was challenged and affirmed by those words of Henry Adams’ spoken to me by my undergraduate methods professor in … Continue reading

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retirement downer: outliving one’s children

Just as popular wisdom says that parents shouldn’t outlive their children, it strikes me that teachers shouldn’t outlive their classroom-children, either. (As an adult school GED teacher, as well as university adjunct, I have had students older than I, including … Continue reading

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finally, ultimately (re)tired

Continuing the previous conversation… The only other time I ever heard the big “T” (as in Tired) word spoken filled with that much unspoken meaning, as I referred to in the previous post, the word was spoken by my mother, … Continue reading

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r-e-t-i-r-e-d … It’s telling!

It never ceases to amaze me that every book printed in English—no matter how thick, no matter many pages or how many words– can be reduced to this common denominator: just twenty-six letters, albeit arranged and rearranged, used multiple times, … Continue reading

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accepted and approved

I admit it. I’m still mining the implications of those three little words “accepted and approved,” as in resignation/retirement letter signed, sealed, and delivered. Since my resignation/retirement applies to education, I’ve been thinking about “accepted and approved” as it applies … Continue reading

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exit plan

Am still reflecting on my resignation having been Board “accepted and approved.” First “a” word sounds welcoming and hospitable—could as well have been in response to my applying for the job, rather than resigning. Second “a” word sounds like it … Continue reading

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