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Putting Philosophy First

By Carrie Hagen

I wasn’t sure how I would do it.  After taking a two-year leave from teaching high school English, I would be returning to the classroom.

I had ushered students through the starts of twelve school years, but this year’s opening felt new to me.  I walked through the inservice days with the usual to-do list: organize classroom, dust off posters and props, make seating charts, print class lists, assemble papers to photocopy, grab books from the bookroom, consider opening day activities.  I had madly juggled these tasks in past years, but this time around, I hesitated.  Read more