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The Things I Carry

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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How does communication affect our relationships with people?

 

“She opened the closet and dug through a pile of leftover junk until she found an antique, yellow rotary phone; she’d bought it herself at a garage sale back in high school--because she’d been exactly that kind of pretentious” (Rowell 25).

Landline phones have long since become a thing of the past. I’ve never seen an actual landline…

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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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Activity

William Polking posted a discussion
Please post your response as a reply to this discussion. This week's delayed response is due by the end of class on Friday, March 3.
My model response is a guide for length and formatting.
Below are the prompts to help guide your response:
How often…
22 hours ago
Molly Riesselman replied to Elizabeth Neal's discussion Blog Post
"I also find the song absolutely ridiculous. I think half of the things we find funny, or cool on social media are probably really stupid. Like the meme with the guy that blinks and makes the face and all of the funny captions it has, it is funny but…"
yesterday
Molly Riesselman replied to Elizabeth Neal's discussion Blog Post
"I was actually considering blogging about this as well. I agree with you that girls are more pressured to be someone that they are not than to embrace who they truly are. I read something about this once and I remember the article talking about how…"
yesterday
William Polking via Twitter
My life has been nothing but sleep, school, speech, and sickness for three weeks. Please judge my inevitable breakdown with compassion.
yesterday
Molly Riesselman posted a discussion
We are all aware that we lost in basketball to end our season last Thursday in Glenwood. We played Glenwood and if you remember they are the ones that beat us in football to eliminate us from the state competition. They won the game with a field goa…
yesterday
William Polking via Twitter
13 performances for @CHSSpeech at IE District and 13 I ratings--even an English teacher knows that's 100%.
Saturday
Stacey Rosener replied to Elizabeth Neal's discussion Blog Post
"Not going to lie here but at the start of this girl's meme, I found the song supper hilarious. I even shared it on Facebook with a bunch of "cry/laughing" emojis. I am kinda over it now because it got kinda old fast, but I still joke with my friends…"
Friday
William Polking via Twitter
Worryingly applicable again today. Praying to the Patron Saint of Willpower.
Friday
William Polking via Twitter
At some point long ago I switched from being excited about how late I could stay up to being excited about how early I could go to bed.
Friday
Madison Lawler replied to Molly Riesselman's discussion Screenshots
"I agree Molly, screenshots are both useful and can cause many problems. It can be very helpful, but words can be spread around and made a bigger problem then what is was supposed to be. I always send screenshots to my mom, but they are recipes so sh…"
Thursday
Ben Becker posted a discussion
As soon as Donald Trump decided to run for president, people were laughing. If only they were more serious then, as now we greet Donald Trump as Mr. President. With the rise of Trump, came the rise of an opponent that many people hated much more tha…
Thursday
Elizabeth Neal posted a discussion
I have never been so disappointed in my Freshman sister Tiffany. She was in my room as we were doing homework together and it was quiet as we were doing our own things. Then she turns on a song I didn't know, "Cash me Outside how bow dah remix." I t…
Thursday
Ben Becker replied to Molly Riesselman's discussion Screenshots
"When it comes to technology, the operator of that technology decides its use. Screenshots can be a good thing, but also can be a bad thing, like you mentioned. This is just an example of many different technological tools that have benefits and disa…"
Thursday
William Polking via Twitter
If a seal takes the L, only the sea remains. (This wisdom brought to you by sinus medication.)
Thursday
Lexi Beyer replied to William Polking's discussion Trump Travel Ban article response
"I do not agree with Trump's decision to ban immigrants from the United States. In my opinion, maybe the immigrants should have to do certain things to be able to stay but they should be allowed to stay. A lot of these people have had children too an…"
Wednesday
Molly Schrader replied to Jeffrey Tait's discussion Song of the day
"When I was listening to this song I liked how it made you think about how you make decisions and what you need to think or say before you say something. I liked the tone of this song and how the song was presented. I like how jeffery explained how h…"
Wednesday
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