Button, button: Brady has the button

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In 1980, when I worked for the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, people from all over the world would gather on the street each night and trade buttons and pins. Since the streets were closed to vehicles, they were packed with people. Button trading was big. It was fun. It was intense. Olympic pins from […]

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It’s Tenure Tuesday in White Plains

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More photos are online at Flickr. If you are in White Plains on a Tuesday, chances are you are seeing red. Educators from the White Plains Teachers Association are wearing their new, red T-shirts to school for a growing campaign called Tenure Tuesdays. Like educators all across the state, they are fuming about yet another […]

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All hail the button queen!

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Button, button, who has the NYSUT Respect Education button this week? Why, royalty, of course. Saranac Lake’s newly appointed 2015 Winter Carnival Queen is retired elementary teacher Linda Jackson. Jackson was chosen to serve her yearlong reign in the wintry North Country because of her longstanding generosity as a volunteer. Her duties during the two […]

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Button Blogging: Education advocates find inspiration in ‘Mockingbird’

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Button, button here’s who has the button this week? How about Harper Lee?!! Schalmont English teacher Sarah Mattice was in class with her ninth grade AIS (remediation) students, when one of them got up to sharpen a pencil. A newspaper was on the nearby counter. The student stopped sharpening the pencil, picked up the newspaper […]

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Button, button who’s got the button?

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When I was young, we played a game called “Button, button, who’s got the button?” We’d circle around a person in the middle, who held a button. That person would “pretend” to drop a button into our open palms, with only one person actually receiving the button. Everyone would immediately close their hands after their […]

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