2015 Persuasive Essay Contest

Makay Haynes wrote a dazzling essay discussing Adolescent Homelessness. All proceeds from our school carnival will go towards supporting her cause. Great Job, Makay!

Read her essay here ———————> Makay Haynes

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How to become a literature searching ninja

On being a brave text decoding warrior.

In a world where simplified, concise information and answers are available at the touch of a button or a verbal command of “Ok, google”, knowing how to sift through complex text is becoming more and more foreign to students. Here’s a pretty cool article offering advice on decoding and breaking down text to make it more manageable.

————————–> How to become a literature searching ninja.

If My Words are Worth Nothing, Why Are You Stealing Them?

Relevant and thought-provoking commentary about modern day plagiarism.

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A few days ago, I noticed that people were sharing around my blog post “Muslim, queer, feminist: it’s as complicated as it sounds” without including my Twitter username. Not a huge deal – they were linking back to my blog, so I was still getting clicks and page views out of it – but it was a little disconcerting (not bad, just disconcerting) to realise that my work was being shared around by people who didn’t even know me and therefore couldn’t directly credit me as the creator.

People keep telling me this is a consequence of “fame” (I wasn’t even aware that I was famous!) – that people will share your work without letting you know about it. I suppose I can live with that, as long as people aren’t just copy-pasting words of mine without any kind of course or attribution…

…which is exactly what happened to me…

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As the teaching season wraps up, the assignments come together.

This year I was faced with a challenge that I wasn’t sure I could overcome: SPED English. At first it seemed impossible. I found myself in tears after the very first period and continued to struggle throughout the year. I would be lying if I didn’t say I have been looking forward to the close of this semester since day one. Today, on the eve of the last day, a student’s final compilation made it all worthwhile.

This particular student was a serious behavior and developmental challenge in the classroom. He suffers from a variety of ailments including the inability to read, Autism and OCD. Here is his 10 chapter story that he has been working on all year. I couldn’t be prouder and will let his accomplishment speak for itself from here ————–> MINECRAFT ADVENTURE