Passion-filled Cherry Pie

It’s technically summer break. Time for relaxing by the pool, going to the beach, sleeping in…so why am I still waking up at 3:00am with lesson plan ideas and resources for units? It’s teaching isn’t something you can turn off. Teaching isn’t a job; teacher is an unshakeable identity that follows you to the grocery …

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Wait, Stop, Slow Down

I get accused of talking fast in my classes. My students often say, “Ms. Neely, stop, wait, slow down.” My response is always, “I can’t slow down. There’s too much to learn and too little time!” I’m a passionate person and I have very clear vision of what my role and purpose on this spinning …

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Value-Added Christianity

For the longest time, I thought that my passion for teaching and my faith were independent of each other. I thought that there were two different parts of my life that didn’t pertain to each other: my professional life and my personal life. I was wrong. You can’t separate out parts of yourself any more …

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Devaluing Students + Valuing Adults = No Value Added

There’s a heated debate in the world of education about value-added teacher evaluation systems. DCPS is one of the first district’s in the nation to attempt a value-added teacher evaluation system that is connected to merit based pay for teachers. Founder Jason Kamras decribes the system like this: “And through this regression formula [a statistical …

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Let the walls come down

I Corthinians 9:22: “I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some,” has long been my personal mantra. Although I do believe that it caught my attention from an outside influence, I can’t even pretend to blame the flawed theology that I personalized on anyone but myself. I …

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Einstein and the Theory of Relativity

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wteiuxyqtoM] “Whose interpretation is correct?” “Einstein tells us that they are both correct within their own frame of reference.” In arguing whatever end of the world situation I had encountered at Middle School in the car with my dad on the way home, I would almost always end up in tears and almost always end …

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Impressions

Seurat’s Sunday Afternoon is the perfect piece to describe where I am. Impress with your dress and don’t mess up. Impress with how put together you are and give the impression of the perfect Christian. Impress on others how much they have to work on and work up to. Don’t let people look too closely …

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Be what you is

My Memaw always said, “Be what you is and not what you ain’t. Cause if you is what you ain’t, you ain’t what you is.” My Mimi used to say, “Remember who you are.” You would think I would have caught on by now, but it’s just beginning to come into focus. It had a …

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