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This article speaks of a specific instance where a high school boy was being teased after telling others that he was gay. He was sent demeaning text messages. The boy, K.J. ended up committing suicide. The question now is "should bullies be treated as criminals?". I think that there needs to be consequences but the severity of the bullying also needs to be accounted for. These bullies did not kill K.J. so there punishment should not be equivalent to a murder but it should involve the law.

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Expository Text – Steve Jobs & Tools of Rhetoric, Non-Fiction, Multimedia, CCSS

Need non-fiction materials that will thrill and challenge your students? Check out this full-period lesson focusing on Steve Jobs' use of ethos, pathos, and logos. Multimedia fun for middle and high school students.

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Shakespearean Insults & Flattery Contests, Works w/ANY Shakespeare Play, CCSS

Heard a teacher share something one of his high school English students said. "I don't know why everyone thinks Shakespeare is so great – his writing is full of cliches."

Inference Chart. Year 4 - Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. Year 5 - Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

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Book Recommendations for Middle School Boys

Will seriously vouch for KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES. Read this aloud 4-5 nights a week for several months with all the kids. Excellent, excellent family fun. Shannon Messenger is brilliant.

I think that these place based strategies are a step forward for the world of education. The higher ups are seeing what we as educators see. A child's life outside of school has a lot of contributing factors that help or hinder them in school. By looking at these factors it is starting at the bottom up. When looking at school performance these "Place-Based" factors also need to be recognized.

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Integration Worked. Why Have We Rejected It?

It is hard to believe that integrating schools would still be an issue today since it has been at least 45 years since Brown v. Board of Education but it is. This has a lot to do with closed enrollment and zoning since it has been shown that certain races are more prevalent in different areas. Coming from a rural area I don't see a lot of diversity in the schools. This is an interesting article to think about.

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The high stakes of standardized tests

The issues surrounding standardized tests are ever prevalent in today's education. Teachers are labeled good or bad according to their students scores and schools are pressured to do well in order to receive sufficient state funding. Standardized tests, effective or defective?

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NCLB waivers: Round two

There has been a lot of debate over the effectiveness of NCLB and its requirements. This article speaks of the majority of the US asking for waivers on NCLB. Obama has proposed a new educational reform called "Blueprint for Reform" that has been in the preliminary stages for quite a while.