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Recipe for Writing Success

Around the holidays, I often think of food—perhaps because there is an abundance of food served to celebrate family gatherings or perhaps because holidays feature menu items that aren’t everyday fare—treats like cheesy potatoes, shrimp cocktail, and prime rib or peanut brittle, frosted cut-out cookies, and pecan pie.  Foods also connect us to culture, so…
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Honoring Identities

A social studies topic that has a place in every classroom, every day is cultural studies.  Culture isn't something separate from the self.  I can't park a piece of myself at the classroom door.  My whiteness, my hetero-femaleness, my German roots, my age--none of these can be separated from my identity.  My students are no…
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Teachers Are Candle Lighters

As I was reflecting about Teacher Appreciation Week, the text: Teaching from the Heart: Reflections, Encouragement, and Inspiration by Sharon Draper came to mind.  In the essay “Candles,” Draper celebrates a teacher’s selflessness and chooses the candle as a felicitous symbol to describe how we teach so that others can reach their goals. As Draper…
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April Is Autism Awareness Month

The first National Autism Awareness Month was declared by the Autism Society in April 1970, and in 2015, then President Barack Obama issued a White House proclamation recognizing World Autism Awareness Day as April 2.  These designations are part of a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion, and self-determination for all and to assure…
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