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July 28, 2015

Farewell to the 'Charting My Own Course' Teacher Blog

After four years of highs and lows, Marilyn Rhames is ending her award-winning Education Week Teacher blog.

September 25, 2013

Who Wore the Pants at the 2nd Annual Bammy Awards?

Last Saturday, I won the "2013 Education Blogger/Commentator of the Year" title at the Bammy Awards in Washington, D.C.  The Bammys sent a limousine to take me and all the honorees from the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel to the Arena Stage Theater, where the ceremony took place. There was the red carpet, the...

July 31, 2013

WARNING: This Blog Post May Be Too 'Taboo' for Wimpy Teachers

There are certain topics that most teachers will not want to talk about publicly. But when teachers discuss these taboo topics out in the open, we strengthen our voice, regain our credibility, and elevate our profession.

July 10, 2013

Beauty, Brains, and Bucks: The Aunt Who Inspired Me to Believe

My aunt inspired me to be smart, beautiful, and really good at something important. I thought this meant being a medical doctorate like her, but it actually meant becoming a writer and teacher.

May 08, 2013

The Cop Who Wouldn't Take My Teaching Job

Who has the tougher job: Teachers or Police Officers? Read this post and you decide.

February 08, 2013

Update and the NYTimes

A message from Marilyn: Hi Blog Readers, I haven't written a blog post in nearly two weeks because my beloved father passed away on January 29th, and I have not been myself. I am writing, however, to inform you that today The New York Times is promoting a post I wrote several weeks ago for its Roo...

October 24, 2012

Losing Naomi While Finding a Vital Missing Link to Save Others

A friend named Mick sent me an email last week about what happened to his friend Christopher's three-year-old daughter. The child got very sick, but he couldn't take her to the doctor immediately because he didn't have the money. Where he lives, the doctors require their basic examination fee paid ...

October 03, 2012

At-Risk Teachers: Before You Quit, Try Blogging

I'm still in bed The small hum of my husband's car backing down the driveway My hand gropes for the pull-chain on the nightstand lamp I place my laptop on my old cutting board and slowly open it up The chill of the wood now warming against my thighs Click, click, clicking of keys It's 4:30 a....

September 05, 2012

As Chicago Teacher Strike Looms, I Celebrate a Great Lesson

I did it. Yesterday I publicly revealed my blog to my students. I set up the LCD projector and taught the Smiley-Face Trick of "Repetition for Effect" using my post about my second-grade Ms. White, who wrote me off. All four of my writing classes applauded at the end of the lesson. It was the grea...

August 22, 2012

Thank You, Ms. White, For Writing Me Off

Most lovers of children's literature know the tear-jerking, classic teacher-student memoir by Patricia Polacco entitled Thank You, Mr. Falker. It's tells of Polacco's battle with low self-esteem because at age nine she still could not read, and the persistent teacher who diagnosed her dyslexia. Th...

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