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I am in my last quarter of my teacher certification program at the UWB before I begin my full-time student teaching.
I am very interested in grounding my classroom in social justice and technology. I believe the two go hand-in-hand.
Besides the classroom, my other favorite places are all outside, except of course my bed. I love hiking, biking, and playing in general.

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What is social justice?

Posted on January 29, 2008 at 10:39pm 1 Comment

This was a question posed to our class by a professor the other day. Is social justice a set of specific values that people hold? Should they try to push "values" of social justice on other people? Does it have a place in our schools? Should students be made to participate in social justice? Are teachers instruments of social justice?

Many answers came out of that discussion. I have digested them all and here is what I am left with...

Social Justice is the right of every human… Continue

a step and then another...and another

Posted on January 26, 2008 at 9:37pm 2 Comments

I am excited every day the kids begin arriving in the morning. I get so much energy from them. There were moments halfway through my cert program when I questioned if I was in fact doing the right thing. Do I really have what it takes to educate future citizens? What makes me equipped for such a job?

But this quarter I got back in the classroom and knew that this was it. Every day I love to be here. Don't get me wrong, I am scared to death sometimes about all the things that I don't know or… Continue

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At 3:26pm on August 22, 2010, Leon Avrech said…
Sara, I have recently had my book published, THINK YOU CAN TEACH? A SURVIVAL
GUIDE FOR NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS. It is applicable to all grade levels
and will be an enormous help to you and others going to be teachers. I am retired after 37 yrs. in middle school as teacher, vice principal, principal and mentor teacher. The book is available at,
and from me: LEON AVRECH, P.O.BOX 36036 SAN JOSE, CA 95158. I will sign the book and not charge you shipping. Cost is $10.00. You can reach me at
At 9:47pm on January 11, 2009, Jack said…
Hi Sara!

Hope you had a nice winter break. I was wondering if you or your students would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. If not, perhaps you have some educator contacts you could direct me to. We'd really like to get students involved from Washington!

You can view contest details at Please let me know. Thanks!
At 10:59pm on March 30, 2008, Jason said…
Yeah, I'm going to the fair, but I didn't register in time. Looks like I'll have to register there. Will I see you there? That's exciting news about starting your 6 weeks so soon; are you comfortable with everything? I start my 6 weeks after the WASL, and it will include a math investigations unit, FOSS, a Houghton Mifflin reading unit, and yet another start-from-scratch social studies unit on the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest. That unit will need to include reading non-fiction and lots of writing.
I have no clear idea about my first ss unit I'm planning, but I'm going to start with the EALRs and then brainstorm some enduring understandings. Next, I'll design a summative assessment and work backwards from there. I don't know what it will end up looking like, but I'm starting it in the morning. -)
At 10:15am on March 30, 2008, Jason said…
Hey, what's shakin'? I haven't visited here as much as I would like to, but yes, I will be using this site a lot. Things are going really well at my new school. While I'm on break, I am building a 6 week social studies unit on the continents, the regions of the U.S., the state of Washington, and finally, Redmond. It will be both a fun and scary process, because the subject matter is wide open; it's up to me to decide what to teach.
What's up in your neck of the woods? Tell me what you're working on...
At 7:59pm on January 31, 2008, Paul Bogush said…
We use wikispaces for the wiki, and edublogs.
At 9:46am on January 31, 2008, Paul Bogush said…
Hi Sarah,
I just came onto the Elementary board to leave a message for everyone and saw your last post on Wikis. While I don't have an answer for that, I might have a great "student-teacher resume builder activity" for you : ) Here is what I was going to post...if you are not interested let me know and I will post to the entire board.

Anyone looking for a low key distance collaboration project? In March my students are writing a series of “children’s books” for another school and we decided to practice writing one on our current unit the “War of 1812 – Star Spangled Banner.” Most basically tell how our flag became an important symbol because of this War and gives the background on the origins of the Star Spangled Banner. I was wondering if anyone would like to buddy up with us and let us send you the books in exchange for some written or audio constructive criticism by the students who read them. It would be easy to incorporate into your class : ) The books are all about twenty pages. Each page with a picture and 1-3 sentences. I could have each of my kids include a link to their wiki page and your kids could leave comments on it, or create a blog post on each student's blog and they can be left there, or do it live via a skype/ustream/yak pak sort of connection. Because of time constraints, these books would be more like an advanced copy, rather than a final draft totally and completely polished. We are just looking for are they interesting? Can an elementary student make sense of the story? Looking more for help from “editors” rather than “critics.” That sort of thing…I would probably have around 75 books. My guess is that they would be readable for 2nd grade and up.

Let me know!

Paul Bogush
Moran Middle School
Wallingford, CT


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