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55 Years in School


Carl's online series 55 Years In School documented his final year as a middle school counselor:


I’ve been in school for 55 years. Kindergarten at age five, elementary school, high school, college, and three months later, the beginnings of a 38-year stretch in middle school. Thirty-eight years of teaching add up to a little over 7200 days. Fifty-five years in school totals just over 10,000 days. I have about 175 left. They’re sliding away from me fast as all days do, but this slowly closing curtain on the last performance I’m well aware of. I’m still drying tears, meeting with parents, changing schedules, and the occasional dramatic turn. There’s little new, but each child’s personal story is theirs and therefore, unique. And I’ll try to treat them that way. Until the last day. I’m a teacher.  Let’s see what the weeks ahead bring.  

October 11, 2011

From now until the end of the school year, Carl Bosch will be chronicling his final year as a teacher.

October 18, 2011

Carl Bosch wants his students to find the things they love and go after them.

October 25, 2011

Not even teachers are immune to Halloween’s nostalgia of make-believe, writes Carl Bosch.

November 1, 2011

Parents, Carl Bosch has some inside advice for your next teacher conference.

November 17, 2011

For 38 years, Carl Bosch has proudly watched the growth his students undergo during their middle school years.

November 22, 2011

What good are report cards? Carl Bosch, a teacher, still doesn’t really know.

November 29, 2011

Carl Bosch really loves pep rallies.

November 8, 2011

What’s behind a window could be the missing link in primary education, Carl Bosch writes.Add News Story here

December 8, 2011

Carl Bosch wonders why he’s suddenly seeing more concussions than crutches wandering the hallways.

December 13, 2011

Carl Bosch can wish extravagant success for his former students, but all he can hope for is basic goodness.

December 20, 2011

Carl Bosch attended his last Holiday Concert, and, well, it was glorious.

January 3, 2012

Sure, teachers get a lot of time off, Carl Bosch writes, but it’s all well deserved.

January 10, 2012

Carl Bosch finds himself caught between his students and their academic futures.

January 30, 2012

As his students head toward high school, Carl Bosch wants them all to recognize the opportunities they’ll have.

February 8, 2012

Carl Bosch chaperones a school ski trip full of rowdy students, bugs, lost items, junk food, and sprained wrist, but more than anything it is full of fun, and that is what’s most important.

February 20, 2012

Carl Bosch probably shouldn’t be admitting this, but he wants school to get cancelled.

March 5, 2012

Carl Bosch wonders, too.

March 14, 2012

Carl Bosch asks who exactly thought No Child Left Behind was a good idea.

March 20, 2012

Want to evaluate teachers by student achievement? Fine, but we have to make it fair.

March 28, 2013

Are dress codes and school uniforms old-fashioned?

April, 3, 2012

Inside school cafeterias are complex societies full of a hyper-awareness of social status, in which popularity is traded like stock.

April 10, 2012

Sleepy students huddling together for a group photo have no idea just how close to their futures they really are.

April 25, 2012

Carl Bosch reflects on his recent field trip to our nation’s capital with a host of 8th graders.

May 5, 2012

Carl Bosch contemplates the school kids of the upcoming generation that he won’t know.

May 14, 2012

What does the way a student grips a pencil tell us about education?Add News Story here

May 22, 2012

Would tailoring classrooms to different learning levels do more for kids in school?

May 31, 2012

A child’s education should include the tools to convey sentiments and emotion, says Carl Bosch. The Good Men Project’s Education columnist on the importance of poetry to kids today.

June 25, 2012

By the time you’re in high school, your childhood is behind you, and your current performance is a powerful predictor of adult success.

July 4, 2012

“This teaching thing is an art as well as a science.” Carl Bosch on the art, science, and miracle of learning.

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