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About this blog: I am a language arts teacher at Crittenden Middle School and the facilitator of the CMS Panther Pen blog. I grew up in the Bay Area and I love it here. I went to school in Santa Clara, and studied literature and political science ...  (More)

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Lessons from the Trenches
Feb 12, 2014 1:36 pm
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Last May, in the midst of CSTs, final projects, grading, and prepping students to move on to their next academic milestone, my boss asked me if I'd be interested... More
Who do I admire? My students.
Sep 22, 2014 12:05 pm
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Each year in my Exploratory elective we end our Public Speaking unit with a speech about "A Person I Admire," and every year I am blown away by the sincerity, thoughtfulness,... More
To My Daughters' Future Teachers
Aug 1, 2014 8:47 pm
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As I get ready to head back into the classroom this fall, my daughters are getting ready to start PreK and K. I find myself anxious, almost terrified really, of... More
Overheard at Crittenden
May 23, 2013 8:15 am
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State testing is over, the 8th graders are looking forward to high school, and summer is so close we can almost taste it. As the year winds down, middle school students... More
Celebrities, Gossip, and Us
May 1, 2013 2:37 pm
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This week's piece was a final writing assignment for the young adult novel The Gospel According to Larry by Janet Tashjian. It is written in the style of the main... More
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