Even though this is a leap year, which means that I had an extra day in February to write a post, I missed writing anything new last month. I haven’t done that very often on this blog, but occasionally I do miss a deadline (there’s no deadline here … there’s no one here, but me). Having a snow day, however, forced me to admit that it was time to get something new up. To make up for the missing post, I offer you a potpourri of sites, insights and personal highlights, in no particular order.
- The Winter 2011 edition of the HHS student literary magazine, thinker, is completed and available. Contributors and editors receive a complimentary copy and we ask all others to contribute a dollar for the magazine. Currently we are trying to raise money to purchase digital cameras for the lit mag, as we currently rely on student and faculty cameras. Copies of the magazine are available at the library. The Lit Mag also has a blog (that needs to be updated … and will be soon) where you can find most of the work in the printed version. Over time, that site should become an impressive digital archive of our students’ creative talents.
- We are looking for submissions for the Spring 2012 edition of the above mentioned lit mag. We ask that teachers keep us in mind whenever they see a good piece of writing or artwork anywhere in the school. Many students don’t even know that we have a literary magazine and that we are trying to expand both our audience and the range of the work represented. We’re not just looking for poetry and short stories, we would like to see more essays, plays, graphic adaptations, and other forms of expressions. Submissions can also be sent to my school email at email@example.com. Digital submissions are preferred.
- I want to thank Mr. Levine’s “Debating Critical Issues” class for the invitation to participate in their intellectual jousts. I have been really challenged by the issues themselves, often finding myself having to defend positions with which I do not agree. The discussions however have reminded and reinforced in me the conviction that education is more important than ever. The range of topics we have covered (drinking age, Columbus Day, internet privacy, school uniforms, etc.) illustrates the number of decisions we have to make as citizens. Being informed and understanding why we should or shouldn’t do certain things is the most important thing we can do as free people.
- Something I learned from participating in the debates was more information about The Keystone Pipeline. I was supposed to defend the building of the Keystone Pipeline, and I did find a bunch of information that suggested all sorts of economic and diplomatic reasons for green-lighting this project. I only did about an hour’s worth of research and during the class debate, I admitted that I did not know much about this subject. No one told the story the way that Garth Lenz shows what is really at stake when we make key policy decisions that impact the environment. (There’s always a TED Talks isn’t there?)
- The LMC would also like to remind everyone of our small, but expanding, Professional Development collection. While we’ve purchased most of the books, many teachers have also contributed titles from their own libraries, and we want to thank them for thinking of us. Some interesting titles we have are The Obvious Child: Studies in the Significance of Childhood, Frogs into Princes: Writings on School Reform, and See You When We Get There: Teaching For Change in Urban Schools.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you had a safe and productive snow day.
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