Hi, guys.

The deal is, I have tendonitis in both wrists and some carpal tunnel and a little RSI and possibly nerve damage. I’m not really allowed to type until it gets better — and that could be a while.

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4 Responses to

  1. Julie says:

    oh no! that is terrible (and painful sounding!) news! i’m so sorry. i hope you improve soon.

  2. Hi teachingsmarter. Just a note to let you know I really enjoy reading your blog and am very sorry you’re out of commission. Take care of yourself and don’t rush your recovery.

    I’ve recently started a teachers outreach blog for the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. I’m having trouble with making my trackbacks work in PBS’ version of MoveableType so I’d like you to let you know directly that this week my blog referenced one of your recent posts (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/teachers/blog/2008/02/blogjamming_shortcut_to_the_bl_1.html) Once you’re ready to return to your keyboard, if you have any ideas how a website like ours might be more useful to teachers like you I’d love to hear from you- via our blog (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/teachers/blog/) or by email. Thanks and best wishes on your return to full strength. – Brian

  3. EDin08 says:

    Dear Teaching Smarter Blogger,

    I just wanted to make sure that you were invited to our education “Blogger Summit”. We hope you can make it and feel free to share this invitation with any other bloggers in the area that might be interested. The invitation is attached below.

    Alex
    ED In ’08 Blogger Summit

    ——————————–

    Strong American Schools is excited to announce the ED in ’08 Blogger Summit. Conference details are as follows:

    May 14th – 15th
    Palomar Hotel, Washington DC
    Registration is Free!

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    Then join us for an all-day conference on May 15th. Nowhere else will you have an opportunity to meet and network with fellow education bloggers, participate in panels, attend workshops, and help tackle some tough questions on the state of education in America.

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  4. BrooklynTutor says:

    Dear Teaching Smarter,

    I’m sorry to hear about your tendonitis, and I hope it’s gotten somewhat better since you last posted!

    I’m a layperson tutoring two HS seniors for the Global Regents, and I came across your blog through Google. I am totally overwhelmed by the students’ lack of knowledge, and wondering if you–or anyone else reading this–have any suggestions!

    The students have each taken the Regents three times already. But they don’t know so many things! Their reading skills are very poor, and their base of knowledge is abysmal. I was trying to explain feudalism, but “knights” and “King Arthur” both drew a blank, as did “Armor? Horses? Lances?” with the appropriate pantomime. On a map question, one girl correctly identified the continent where humans originated, but got the answer wrong because she thought it was North America rather than Africa. (The other girl had no clue.)

    We borrowed some Prentice Hall review books from their teacher, and I’m having them read little sections each week, and quizzing them on the questions about that section from previous exams (sometimes it’s one question, sometimes none, which is depressing right there).

    Any other ideas?? I started in mid-October, I see them once a week for an hour, and that January deadline is looming like a waterfall…

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