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“Because 99% of the time the child is telling fibs. And you cannot know.”

Posted on 12 November 2019 by Kevin Smith

It’s that time again. The time when some semi-edutwitter-celebrity says something outrageous in an effort to maintain relevance and influence, irrespective of the potential consequences. In this day and age of social media, it seems the old adage ‘any publicity is good publicity’ still stands strong. While I’m reticent to draw attention to this type
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Personal Reflection

How I lost my first job as a teacher

Posted on 16 October 2019 by Kevin Smith

Typically, these posts are 800 words or less. However, I’ve missed a post – so I’ll make up for that with a double-post today. I hope you enjoy it. My first teaching job was as an ICT teacher at a small secondary school in one of the most-deprived areas in Cincinnati. We were a “Title
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Education

Teacher Demoralization

Posted on 23 September 2019 by Kevin Smith

In a previous post on Kevin Smith’s blog, I discussed the distinction between discourses of “best practices” that dominate education discussions and “enacted values,” which I offer as the more suitable discourse by which to frame conversations about education. In this post, I extend the conversation through a focus particularly on what is lost when
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My dad and I assembling the Millennium Falcon, 19, Dec. 1980

Education, Personal Reflection

Suicide Prevention and School

Posted on 9 September 2019 by Kevin Smith

*Content Notice: This post discusses suicide among children and adults. One evening in October of 1995, my family and I visited my parents. My sons were playing with grandpa downstairs while my mother, wife and I were in the kitchen talking. Eventually, dad came upstairs and asked mom for a stamp. She gave him one,
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