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There is a bill that passed the PA House of Representatives this past week, which requires educators to post everything online for all the world to see starting in the 2022–23 school year. There are several complaints about this bill, all of which are legitimate. …

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I said to a friend, “I just did something and it feels so good. Today, I made an announcement: mobile phones are banned in my room.” That earned me a huge smile and a “Good for you!”

“I have an announcement to make,” I said after the second bell.

“Due to recent developments in social media abuse and cyberbullying, which have (unfortunately)…

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I wrote a draft yesterday in which I lamented the current state of things in schools. The TikTok challenges, the fictitious letters, the rampant use of mobile devices for social media and bullying have all made me anxious.

Student handbooks nationwide probably state that using mobile devices, except in certain…

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It’s 5:40 A.M. on a Sunday. My stomach hurts. My head hurts. For the first time this school year, I’m actually allowing myself to not want to go to school tomorrow.

Why? This week alone, we were alerted to monthly TikTok challenges, some of which are absolutely disgusting and actually…

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“Hey, can you help me?”

At 7:45 in the morning, my homeroom students start to file into class, bleary-eyed and distracted. The first order of business: finishing the homework put aside the night before. …

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Addressing the Concerns of Parents Using Online Tools

After a disastrous school year (20–21), many families are concerned about their student’s progress. Some feel lost. They aren’t sure how to get information about what their student is doing in school. …

Yesterday, a group of students went to the high school library with me to choose independent reading books.

(By the way, I have the coolest classroom ever, in my opinion, because when you go through my second door, you enter the library. …

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For all those who have answered the question, or a variant thereof, I offer you this poem from Tom Wayman

All kidding aside (well, I don’t know if he was kidding or not), helping students is our first priority. …


PBS News Hour’s Guidance on Giving

In the article below, you can find legitimate organizations to donate to and legitimate organizations seeking volunteers to help with the relief efforts.

I am also saying the “Mi Shebeirach” prayer for all those affected. One part of the prayer is “Bless those in need of healing, with r’fuah sh’leimah…

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Heather M Edick

Hi, I’m Heather M. Edick, M.S.Ed. I teach English in Pennsylvania. My why: “Helping people accomplish more than they thought possible.”

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