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Only then can the fun begin

by Mrs. Sabraw Good morning students, welcome to Room N-9. You may be wondering what the N stands for. Oh sure, you might think that just because this whole wing is the N-wing that N-9 refers to one room in … Continue reading

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Why most English teachers can’t write

  by cheri block Mr. McCarthy handed out textbooks on the first day of school, way back in 1967. They were small composition books and for me would be both the source of wild written ecstasy and tightly controlled word … Continue reading

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A New Shoe Year

by cheri block As is my wish each year for the past three, I volunteer to be the official photographer of my grandson’s  first day of school. Time marches on when you are a second grader. After photographing the customary … Continue reading

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And look what the California Teachers’ Association has wrought…

by cheri block In the March 31st edition of The Economist magazine, Andreas Kluth wrote a piece that warmed my heart. Warmed it like a blow torch. Although the subject of his article is education here in California,the problems the … Continue reading

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Over the river and through the woods to Beowulf’s house we go…

by cheri block Every Thursday night, I teach writing to two small classes of high school students. My bunch this session includes a smart little 8th grade guy. Poor kid. Do not start your essays with a question. That’s soooo  … Continue reading

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Hamartia and Sophrosyne

by cheri block sabraw The Greek word sophrosyne was summarized in brief by the Oracle at Delphi in several succinct aphorisms:  Nothing in Excess and Know Thyself. In other words, with moderation of all that pulls us away from the … Continue reading

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Air freshener, please?

by cheri block sabraw Hello Girls. [Startled young bodies crow-hop to the left] Alicia runs into a stall. The toilet flushes. The latch clicks. She feels safe for a minute. Cigarette smoke fills the space. Nat and Georgia copy their … Continue reading

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Alexis de Tocqueville and School Choice

by cheri block sabraw In 2000, several years after I opened my school a fellow from a think thank in Washington D.C. called my office and asked to visit when he was in the Bay Area. He did. Shortly after, … Continue reading

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The Scarlet Letter Lecture

Good Afternoon, Jonathan. I understand that you missed my lecture about the Puritans and their relationship to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. Is that right? Yes, that is why I am here Mrs. Sabraw. Great. Do you have your notebook … Continue reading

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The Nerdy 58 Year Old Woman (4) : Day Two of my grammar class

On Thursday last, the second day of my grammar class, several of the shy students decided they weren’t shy anymore. This phenomenon happened right in the middle of my story about a time when the Nerdy Little 8th Grader was … Continue reading

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