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Hanging Ladders

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Every year I post the yearbook ladder on the wall, but this year I used butcher paper and markers to write everything HUGE. Each name is color coded for when the spread is due. I've also included several full size layout sketches. The thought is to have lots of student work posted as inspiration this year, rather than posters.

Tours Leave Every 10 Minutes

Now you can take a tour of the inside of a Google Data Center! Be sure to look for all those search results hanging out at the water cooler (and the Stormtrooper guarding the data). And remember to grab some ear plugs! View Larger Map

The Grades They Deserve

I do not use grades as rewards or punishment. I also do not punish or reward my own kids for their grades. Our culture has become too focused on grading at all levels: students, teachers, and schools. A friend and parent of one of my students posted the following on Facebook:
Teachers , please give my kids the grades they deserve. Don't go easy on them. If they turn their homework in late, give them consequences. It will help them in the end. Please don't hesitate to tell me if they aren't being respectful in class, and don't hesitate to call them on any ungodly behavior. While I appreciate the encouragement, I'd like to remind parents that THEY are the greatest influence in their child's life and education. A student sits in my class for a mere three hours and 24 minutes each week. And so far this quarter, we've had only one week that has not had any interruptions such as fire drills, special assemblies, or practices that take students away from the classro…

Pie Poster

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Our school's fall drama is called "Murder At The Pie Auction" and I was asked to create a poster. After many attempts at scary without gory (think zombie waitresses) I took a totally different route.
Like my previous posters, it's a compilation of many photos layered together. Some of the shadows are faked and others are real. I especially like the embossed font on the napkin, as if we actually paid to have them printed.
The only drawback to working on this poster is how hungry it makes me!