Arts Education Leads the Way

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As a student, teacher, and parent, I have long valued the traditional forms of education. If students studied what I considered the core subjects of education – English, history, mathematics, and science – that seemed the most beneficial and I expected those studies would have the greatest impact on a person’s professional and personal life. […]

A Story in Every Face – Humans of Thornton Academy

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SACO – As a teacher, I am always looking for a way to engage my students and get them more involved in the work we are doing in class. Part of that search for meaningful work often leads me to look at the tools, systems, and the projects my colleagues are using in their courses. […]

One of the Best Lessons for Students and Teachers

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SACO – For teachers, Saturdays are often days to catch up on grading, sleep in a bit later, and generally recharge for the coming week. This past Saturday, as 150 students from 16 different high schools gathered at Thornton Academy, I was again reminded why I chose to leave the corporate world behind and enter […]

Ballroom Dancing Comes to a Maine Classroom

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SACO – High school students, especially boys, may be reticent about sharing their interests and passions. More than anything, they often want to remain as a part of the crowd of students that sometimes silently fill the hallways and classrooms of their school.  When Vojtech (“Vojta”) Machtyka decided to leave his home in the Czech […]

The 10 Best Pieces of Advice for a Happy and Healthy New Year

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I am not a life coach, fitness guru, or even an academic all-star. I’m just a husband, father, grandfather, teacher, student, writer, cyclist, runner, and sometimes a grumpy older man who’s lived more than half a century. Given that it’s almost the beginning of a new year, I thought I ‘d write about a few […]

12 Great Reads From 2015

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SACO – Many of my colleagues write stories that contain lists about everything from the best beer in the state, to the top 10 places to buy a donut in and around Portland. Come to think of it, I probably read that last article more than once. Anyway, this year has been remarkable for me […]

Stop the presses – Donald Trump has become a teacher!

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SACO – As a teacher, I try not to comment about specific politicians in my classroom. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 100 times, “our room should be a place where we can talk about almost any idea or belief without the fear that we’ll be ridiculed or looked upon in a negative […]