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Why Service Learning?

Contributed by a park city teachers thoughts from the trenches - Posted: August 14th, 2007

By the time you read this, you and your child will have probably laid in a fresh load of school supplies, registered for classes, and gone through the first of the new school year jitters. As the class schedule is reviewed, aug-15-blog.jpgperhaps the most important “class” to think about, is the one that is not there. That “class” would be service learning. While this is a voluntary program at Ecker Hill and Treasure Mountain middle schools, this could be the most valuable activity in which your child ever participates. The obvious benefit of helping the community is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what community service does for those served AND for the student doing the serving, yet I am amazed at how many parents seem uninterested in promoting this activity with their children. More…

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Resolutions for the New School Year

Contributed by a park city teachers thoughts from the trenches - Posted: August 1st, 2007

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The first day of school is just around the corner. By my count students will be streaming into my classroom in just 20 days. For me, this is the real New Year, not the traditional 1 January date. That being the case, this is the time for New Year’s resolutions. More…

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Whatever Happened to Old Fashioned Play?

Contributed by a park city teachers thoughts from the trenches - Posted: July 1st, 2007

play-blog-pix.jpegPull up a chair outside in the shade, lean your head back, close your eyes, and think back to summertime when you were a kid.  Mom has told you to go outside and play, and oh by the way, don’t slam the screen door!  Now, if you were a child before the 80s, the memories of your play may include a pick up game of some sort with neighborhood kids, a hike with friends along a creek looking for pollywogs or chasing the local raccoon, a fantastical trip to a far off land or planet which looked remarkably like a corner of your yard, building some incredible structure or vehicle that only the builders could identify, or something as simple as lying on your back with a friend naming what the passing clouds looked like.

I never thought much about all of this; after all, generations of children had played that way and generations more would as well.  Or would they? More…

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A Time For Reflection

Contributed by a park city teachers thoughts from the trenches - Posted: June 19th, 2007

img_0770.jpgBy Libby Wadman, 6th Grade Reading Teacher at Ecker Hill International Middle School, Park City, UT

    Well, June 8th has come and gone, and I have cleaned up my room, turned in my check out sheet, signed an untold number of yearbooks, given hugs galore, and entered my grades for the last time this year.  It’s this last item that I feel a need to address with the start of summer.  Final report cards will go home soon, and while I worry whether the skills the kids have learned will stick with them, I know some students and their parents are only worrying about which letter grades are on the report card. More…

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Digging for the Truth About Manners in School

Contributed by a park city teachers thoughts from the trenches - Posted: June 1st, 2007

pictblog1.jpgBy Libby Wadman, 6th Grade Reading Teacher at Ecker Hill International Middle School, Park City, UT 

      I wasn’t sure how to start my entries for the Journal about teaching from the trenches; after all I have a lot I’d like to talk about.  Each time I’ve looked at my list of subjects to prioritize them, I’ve come up with a reason for them all being number one.  However, the events of the last few days in the trenches, decided things for me.  What suddenly presented itself as my number one topic of discussion was one that wasn’t even on my list, manners and the basic respect that goes with manners.  Manners seem to be sorely lacking in many students. More…

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Please Welcome New Blogger, Libby Wadman

Contributed by a park city teachers thoughts from the trenches - Posted: May 30th, 2007

me.jpgElizabeth ”Libby” Wadman is a 6th (blue team) reading and writing teacher at Ecker Hill Middle School in Park City, UT.  Using her many years of teaching experience as a springboard, Libby’s blog will give us insight from a teacher’s point of view into public education, student culture, parent/teacher/student dynamics, and many other topics that can only be cultivated by an educator who enthusiastically enters the trenches of teaching everyday.  Park City Journal salutes Libby and all the other teachers who are in the foxholes with her.  Please join us in reading Libby’s blog every other week, staring on June 1, 2007.  (And don’t forget to blog back to Libby if you have a comment after readhing her column.)

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