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September 11: Reflections 15 Years Later


My current students were not yet born September 11, 2001. However, those children old enough to remember, and for those children for whom their lives were forever changed by loss, it will never be forgotten. I showed this CNN Student News segment (click to view) and asked my students to reflect. They wrote their thoughts in their journals, shared them in small groups, and finally we had a profound class discussion. I will post their responses Monday after we review the segment to follow.

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Research indicates that bullies are people who are dissatisfied with themselves.


Do you think it’s true that bullies pick on people because they want to distract themselves and others from the flaws they see in themselves? How can we help bullies realize that they should stop picking on others and deal with their own insecurities? How can this be achieved in a positive way? Will you share your thoughts?

When someone says that books can change people’s lives, it’s not a cliche.


“Who Am I”? What’s Your Answer


It’s a question you are never too young or old to ask? How do you answer it?

Moving Beyond Stereotypes to Understanding and Tolerance


Discuss a time someone made an assumption about you. Was it positive? Negative? How did it impact you?

How do stereotypes impact the way we see ourselves and our personal efficacy? How might stereotypes and assumptions influence a person’s attitudes toward others? Look at some of the perpetual stereotypes illustrated in this film. Why might they be harmful?

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Support Google’s Commitment to Girls in Computer Science


Hello Mommie :)

As you know, Google is committed to inspiring more girls to explore computer science. I’m excited to share with you our latest project that reinforces this mission. We’re supporting renowned documentary filmmaker, Lesley Chilcott, on her next film, CODEGIRL, focusing on girls in computer science.

We’d love you all to share the documentary with your organization, teachers, students and/or parents. CODEGIRL follows on the heels of Chilcott’s award winning, high impact documentaries, like An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for Superman.

From November 1 – 5, on YouTube, Lesley’s film will be available for free, before its big theatrical debut in the weeks that follow. Our goal is to inspire as many students as possible during this special 5 day free viewing period. With your help, we will be able to inspire more high school girls (and boys) to pursue their passions in tech. You can access the film, starting November 1 on The teaser is available here.

Here are a few simple ways to participate:

Pledge that you and your org will watch the film on social media using #rallyforcodegirl or email to let us know that you’re hosting a film viewing party.

OPT1: So excited to #RallyForCODEGIRL! Hosting a @CODEGIRLMOVIE screening party with [fill in blank amount] of girls at [fill in blank location]!

OPT2: [Fill in blank pledge] This is how I #RallyForCODEGIRL.

EXAMPLE: Asking for afterschool #code classes at the PTA meeting. This is how I #RallyForCODEGIRL.

OPT 3: Have you watched @CODEGIRLmovie yet? Tag your friend and host a watching party! #RallyForCODEGIRL

OPT 4: So excited to #RallyforCODEGIRL. I pledge to see @CODEGIRLMOVIE with [number of] people!

Host a documentary viewing party as part of that pledge. The attached PDF has all you need for a successful Film Party Guide.

Help spread the word: Post your favorite lines, moments and ideas about the film on social media and let people know you’ve watched with #RallyforCodeGirl.

Join us November 1-5, and help amplify Google’s commitment to computer science. As always, thank you for the tremendous work you do and for inspiring the next generation.


“Where I’m From” – It’s “wicked good”!


Today in Mr. Naughton’s 3rd period class, we took a moment to allow students to create a little magic with their adaptations of George Ella Lyon’s “Where I’m From” poem. Madison has consented to me posting her poem. I am hoping more students will share theirs as well. Thank, Madison!

Where I’m From

I am from ice cold mornings
to hot, steamy, red lobster dinners,
I am from where the snow piles high and the fire glows at night,
I am from collecting sea shells on the Rocky Coast beaches
to roaming around with the black bears,
I am from the Pinetree state and it is wicked good!
I am from Maine
That’s where I’m from.

“I’ll Marry When I Want” – a poem with a purpose


By Refusing to Be a Child Bride, This Teen Helped Ban Underage Marriage in Her Entire Country

What do you think about the message and its delivery? Is it a hit or a miss?


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