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The Things I Carry 2017

I carry my CCSD identification badge and the tracking device contained therein. I carry my keys, guaranteed entrance to most doors in our school, except those most in need of opening.

I carry the burden of expectation, the anxiety borne of the worst kind of perfectionism–the feeling that you are forever letting other people down. I carry the endless list of questions: Am I a good teacher? Am I good enough to make this meaningful? If I cannot make it meaningful to students, does it…

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"America" student poems

Here are some efforts from my English 11 students, using Whitman and, in one case, Hughes as models.

Macie B

 

I see America singing, the varied carols I see,
Those of teenagers, each one singing theirs as it should be emotional and strong,
The attention seeking, singing hers as she spreads another rumor,
The athlete singing his as his final season comes to an unfortunate end,
The alcoholic college kids singing what appears to be a jumbled mess as…

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Thoughts on libraries and loss

I was a weird little kid—anxious and socially awkward, I felt more comfortable with books than I did people. Once, in elementary school, when the power went out, I asked the teacher if I could move my desk over by the window so I could continue reading. Yes, I was that kid.

My elementary librarian shepherded my reading, and it is only now as an adult and a reading teacher that I realize the extent of her gift to me. I hung out in the school library not only because I loved books, but…

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a juxtaposition

"Since an ineluctable part of being a human self is suffering, part of what we humans come to art for is an experience of suffering, necessarily a vicarious experience, more like a "generalization" of suffering. Does this make sense? We all suffer alone in the real world; true empathy's impossible. But if a piece of fiction can allow us imaginatively to identify with a character's pain, we might then also more easily conceive of others identifying with our own. This is nourishing,…

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Activity

William Polking replied to Makayla Bueltel's discussion Snapchat Update
"Social media apps need to update consistently--people expect it, even though people invariable complain about said updates (this is the "neophilia vs. neophobia" we discussed around the concept of MAYA)."
5 hours ago
William Polking replied to Micaela Howard's discussion Depression
"You should listen to John Moe's podcast, "The Hilarious World of Depression." I've learned a lot about depression from listening to it."
5 hours ago
William Polking replied to jadon daniel henderson's discussion musically changing
"I think if you look at the numbers of males vs. females in our Chorus, you will see that this stereotype still exists.

Hold onto this question, as it will fit perfectly for our discussion in class and our entire unit."
5 hours ago
William Polking replied to Maxwell Molle's discussion Peaceful Protest or Disrespectful Delinquency: Kneeling for the National Anthem
"I understand being passionate about the flag and the anthem. I am bothered by people who text and talk during the anthem, and people who do not remove their hats.


However, I do not understand being more passionate about the symbol than the actual…"
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William Polking replied to ashley's discussion Why are girls expected to be perfect?
"Ashley, hold this thought. We will be exploring these issues (for both genders) within our new unit."
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William Polking replied to Makayla Bueltel's discussion The Power of Social Media
"Social media does indeed have positive uses and negative uses. What worries me is how often we seem to choose the negative uses, and what that says about both us as people and the technology itself."
5 hours ago
William Polking replied to Taydem Shoesmith's discussion Escape from Reality
"What I find interesting in how, with so many choices of good television and movies available to your generation, so many of you watch the same series over and over again, and the same movies over and over again.

But I think Taydem makes a great poi…"
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William Polking replied to Makayla Bueltel's discussion Snap-Chat Streaks?
"Thesis: Streaks are a way of branding your friendship."
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Maxwell Molle replied to Taydem Shoesmith's discussion Escape from Reality
"Although there isn't a word that I have been able to find for this feeling; in order to better describe it I'm going to refer to it as "post-show depression." I find that post-show depression occurs when you really invested yourself into what you we…"
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Madison Schroeder replied to ashley's discussion Why are girls expected to be perfect?
"I think that the stereotype on girls is something that effects a lot. And to make that worse, lots of young girls look to models and shame themselves for not looking that way. I agree completely with what you have all said, and I think that this pro…"
7 hours ago
Makayla Bueltel posted a discussion
A 5-year-old kids named Aden Huser was one of the many at the Jason Aldean Concert when the gun fires went off. People starting running every direction to try to make it safely to safety. Through all of the commotion this 5-year-old was separated fr…
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Mia Nagl replied to Taydem Shoesmith's discussion Escape from Reality
"I do the same thing, and constantly binge watch Netflix shows during the summer. Once school starts, I have no desire to watch Netflix. I agree that the fantasy world left us watching while we had the time. I think social media has more of an effect…"
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Brittany Vega replied to Maxwell Molle's discussion Peaceful Protest or Disrespectful Delinquency: Kneeling for the National Anthem
"I agree with Micaela, yes it can be seen as disrespectful, but he has the right to do this because of what his race and people were and are a part of. He is fighting back and possibly wants others to join him. I don't think it's a huge cry for atten…"
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jadon daniel henderson posted a discussion
when i was in 6th grade, i was made fun of by my peers(specifically guys) because i liked to sing and was in choir. then in 8th grade, i was made fun of for being in the musical and liking it. now, im in the musical and choir and people think its am…
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Mia Nagl replied to Makayla Bueltel's discussion Snap-Chat Streaks?
"I am the same way as Makayla. I have a small number of streaks, and all of them are my friends. I've also noticed that since school has started, I haven't been as absorbed in them as during the summer. I have a few that I really want to try and keep…"
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Madison Schroeder replied to Micaela Howard's discussion Depression
"I think it is never something you should joke about, especially because it is a real problem many people have. It isn't a way to live, but those who have it can't help it. With the "kms" that is my least favorite thing to hear. There is one person I…"
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