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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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Brittany Vega posted a discussion
So lately I've been seeing a lot of men posting memes saying things like "when you see a female officer and just think, why isn't she at home in the kitchen?". I don't understand why some men feel that women shouldn't be allowed to do these things.…
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jadon daniel henderson replied to ashley's discussion News??
"i dont really have an opinion on the matter because to me, the news is just a broken record. its constantly skipping to the next line and its rather annoying."
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Mia Nagl replied to Maureen Eberle's discussion Until things even out!
"I agree with this, because its so annoying to be told that I have to do all the house work. I think that males need to contribute more to the female stereotype of nurturing children. This stereotype needs to be broke. I do agree that murder is a lit…"
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Taydem Shoesmith replied to Maureen Eberle's discussion Until things even out!
"I think someone should definitely conduct an experiment of this. Obviously not actually murdering people like you said, but teaching the boys to be more caring and "motherly." With the girl being taught to be strong. I would be interested in how the…"
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Micaela Howard replied to Bailey Scheuermann's discussion Videos
"I couldn't honestly tell you what I think of kids shows now because I don't watch any, but I remember watching shows that didn't amplify these stereotypes. I think that if you tell a child who they are at a young age or who they have to be than it w…"
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I was wandering who you think believes fake news more younger people or older people. I think it could go both ways because young people tend to believe everything they hear and dont really know the difference. but older people grew up with news bei…
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Trevin Vanderheiden replied to Maureen Eberle's discussion Until things even out!
"I don't necessarily agree that we should try this but I do believe this showing the stereotyped guy where instead of murdering they should care about the kids."
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abigail jo espenhover posted a discussion
Abbie Espenhover Professor Polking Eng 105 20 November  2017The Psychopath Test“He blamed psychopaths for the brutal excesses of capitalism itself, that the system at its cruelest was a manifestation of a few people’s anomalous amygdalae” (Ronson 13…
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Maureen Eberle posted a discussion
You know how some memes just scream media literacy blog post? ^^I think it's funny because like wow what a simple solution! I thought this was actually a really interesting idea, and what if the world governments came together and decided to try it…
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Makayla Bueltel replied to Cole David Ladehoff's discussion Talladega Nights gender analysis
"Our world has built strong stereotypes for males and some of them are positive but most of them are negative. I think in everyday life just like in your analysis men are those ones to drive fast but we don't look at females and realize how many of t…"
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Makayla Bueltel replied to kaitlynn musgrove's discussion Fathers
"Over the years stereotypes have built that men don't have to be a good father or always been there for the children, but on the other hand mothers are seen to need to be there for their children. Men aren't seen as the main parent when it comes to t…"
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Makayla Bueltel replied to Taydem Shoesmith's discussion Breaking News...
"Our world has definitely became very much evolved around celebrities and what their doing. One of the more popular celebrities are the Kardashian's/Jenner's because people like to stay caught up on their drama. Many of times people shape their fanta…"
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Maureen Eberle posted a discussion
Maureen EberleBill PolkingComp 6th Period17 November 2017Poking A Dead Frog“You can’t think logically when it comes to something you’re passionate about. All you can do is keep trying. And write a lot of projects you’re not passionate about to pay t…
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Brennan Bock replied to Brennan Bock's discussion The Secret
"The book, The Secret, doesn't provide any opposing viewpoints to the law of attraction. Thankfully I researched the idea for my concept paper and one of the lenses I used was the opposing viewpoint. One of the biggest points I found and agree with i…"
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Brennan Bock replied to Brennan Bock's discussion The Secret
"Answered in paper"
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