Grades 5-12 ELA Coordinator for the Chelmsford Public Schools, MA. She/her/hers. ASL learner! 🤟🏻 Personal email: abbeydick1@gmail.com

Chelmsford, MA
Joined October 2010
Can we stop saying “parents” and “guardians” and just say “families”?
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Today's tiny teaching tip (10): If you've got a class that's regularly just a bit too loud, resist the temptation to keep speaking louder to make yourself heard. Try the opposite: consciously lower your volume to just above a whisper for a week or two.
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Kids who stand up are adults who stand up. Raising and Developing Upstanders is how we end hate. #EmpoweredKids #ChangeTheNarrativeBook
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For inclusion to really be successful, it has to be our mission, our ethos as a school. And every educator in the building must see themselves as a teacher of ALL students. #LeadInclusion #udlchat #inclusion #inclusionmatters #globalsped #globaledchat
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Everything everywhere all at once
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Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage eighteen years ago today. Today, same-sex marriage is legal in all states. Between May 17, 2004 and December 31, 2004, nearly one in five marriages in Massachusetts was a same-sex marriage.
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What a benefit, to know 2 or more languages fluently! 🎉
Some of our CHS Seal of Biliteracy recipients were honored tonight at the School Committee tonight! Just the start of the celebrations! @CPSchoolsMA @CHSWhitHouse @CHS_HAWTHORNE @CHS_EMERSON @BiliteracySeal
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Today's tiny teaching tip (9): Pretend that everything you teach is inherently fascinating, regardless of your real opinion or the opinions you suspect the class might have. Part of planning well is working out what makes something - anything - potentially interesting.
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The way Shakespeare's works (especially his comedies) are taught in high school is horrendous. Teachers focus on the iambic pentameter and the obscure themes but what makes Shakespeare so much fun is the messy telenovela levels of drama.
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people: “one picture can’t make you happy” the picture in question:
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If our school culture is not inclusive, it is not equitable. #LeadInclusion #equity
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It’s weird how quickly people will argue for the segregation of disabled kids rather than ever considering that schools can look and feel and be different.
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YEAH IM INTO 𝙉𝙁𝙏s 𝙉 ICE PLUMS 𝙁 REEZIN’ COLD 𝙏 AKEN FROM THE ICEBOX
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A 18-year-old white man drove hours to Buffalo and shot and killed multiple people at a grocery store in a predominately Black community. That is the definition of terrorism
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STOP pulling children out of Tier 1 instruction. Ensuring all children receive Tier 1 instruction should ALWAYS be the priority.
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2 NEW TOPICS! "Disparaging humor by examining why racist, sexist and homophobic jokes are not a joke and actually help perpetuate prejudices" AND "Confederate flag overview for educators and the meaning of the controversial symbol." Join us! @NJHEARTeaching
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I like ending emails with “have a great weekend!” knowing that I will absolutely send them another email later in the day . . . 🫢
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Therapist: You said you were disappointed with life & how the world operates. What were your expectations? Me:
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Today I had to explain to a grown man (aged 52) that women do not have a continuous supply of milk. He thought it was something that happened in puberty, that women get a period and milk at the same time. He thought that.
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