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Educators Need to Find More Respectful Ways to Disagree – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog Getting Beyond the Education Echo Chambers I don’t have a TV. I haven’t had one for close to twenty years. This political season I was happier than ever to not have one. The rancor in politics repulses me. I’m not going to hide my own politics – I’m a die-hard liberal, and I truly think there is more mud slung toward my side than from it. But, either way, I just don’t want to hear it, read…

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A Helpful Principal’s Tips for Lawnmower Parents – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog My husband John posted a piece of short fiction to my Facebook timeline with the comment, “This weird, sweet story has Rita Platt’s name written all over it … “ The super short Lizard-Baby by Benjamin Schaefer provoked deep thoughts in me. It is about being a parent. It is not a spoiler to share that the main character gives birth to an egg from which hatches a lizard. That little lizard is showered with unconditional love…

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Self-Care for Funny People – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog These days, if you’re a teacher, you’ve probably read something about “self-care.” There is a movement in edu-circles around the more than worthy notion that teachers need to be mindful of meeting their own needs. You know, the “put on your oxygen mask first” theory of supporting kids. It’s a good theory. Teachers work hard and often do so with little regard for their own needs. That’s not sustainable. If we want to serve our students, then…

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