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To All the Ones I’ve Taught Before

PaintStrips Dear Former Students, I know it’s coming: the day when I have your children in class. It will seem incredible to me, since I still picture you as teenagers. How can you be old enough to have a child of your own in high school? In any case, I would like to apologize in advance. Things are different now. Continue reading →

The Power of Participation

Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 10.57.51 AM By Julie Rine, Minerva Local Education Association When I started teaching 20 years ago, some colleagues taught me some very important tricks of the trade: how to get on the janitor’s good side, how to sweet talk the secretary into making last minute copies for me, how to drink cheap beer (on a young teacher’s […] Continue reading →

Thank You Alice Paul

Women_suffragists_picketing_in_front_of_the_White_house By Julie Rine, Minerva Local Education Association Anyone who has paid the slightest bit of attention to the 2016 presidential race has got to be frustrated by now. At least once a day and sometimes more, my blood pressure rises to a level that cannot be healthy. But can you imagine the level of frustration […] Continue reading →

Who Really Deserves the F?

apples-to-oranges_blog By Julie Rine, Minerva Local Education Association The F was not unexpected. My principal had prepared us, telling us that the district report cards were coming out, and that the grades were not good. He went on to say that he and our superintendent were not worried about those failing grades, that they knew we […] Continue reading →

College Credit Plus Part I: Potential Pitfalls for Students

CCP1-blog Ohio’s College Credit Plus program (CCP) is most likely well intended. CCP allows kids in grades 7-12 access to free dual-credit courses (college classes for which they earn high school and college credits). I’m a single mom, so I can certainly understand the fear that strikes a parent’s heart at the thought of paying for college tuition. However, I’m also a teacher, and from what I’ve seen, I’m just not sure the perks of College Credit Plus outweigh the myriad of potential problems. Continue reading →

Tests with More Questions Than Answers

AIR-blog By Julie Rine, Minerva Local Education Association During the holiday break, I went to the website of the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to see if more sample test items for the AIR assessment were available. Unfortunately, nothing new had been posted since the initial release a few months ago. For high school English Language […] Continue reading →