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X is for X-Press 

Speed, rushing, and hastiness have been on my mind a lot during this busy semester, and even more so as it winds down and everyone scrambles to get in their final assignments. It's kind of unfortunate that everything gets so cursory when you're in this state, whether it's skimming through readings without really comprehending them, …

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X is for Xanthippe 

Today we did acrostic poems. As an example students read Edgar Allen Poe's An Acrostic. An Acrostic Elizabeth it is in vain you say “Love not” — thou sayest it in so sweet a way: In vain those words from thee or L. E. L. Zantippe’s talents had enforced so well: Ah! if that language …

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X is for X Chromosome 

X is for X Chromosome The X chromosome of the two chromosomes that determine sex in many species (the other is "Y") The X chromosome is found in both males and females (In case you were wondering if the sexes had anything in common) The X chromosome represents about 2,000 out of 25,000 genes (sounds …

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X is for Reclamation 

I live near an old industrial sign in Brooklyn that's much beloved by many of my neighbors and myself. It's the Kentile Floors sign in the Gowanus area, viewable from the F train.  You could say I'm a little obsessed with it, and again, it's a nostalgiac fixation. The sign is a rare feature in …

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X is for X marks the Spot 

As I was arriving at work today, I had a momentary feeling of slight panic. I had exited at a different staircase than I habitually do and was turned around. When I surfaced, I didn't know how to get to work, and since class was beginning in 5 minutes, I was particularly anxious. Somehow my …

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X is for X 

Anyone who has ever taken an algebra lesson is familiar with the request; "Solve for x". As I was correcting my student's homework, I started wondering; Why does the letter X represent the unknown? A brief search directed me towards a talk which has a simple explaination to this question, which comes with a short …

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X is for X-Ray 

Originally I was going to write another preservation centered post. But I know I know you already got it with the L is for Laser one. So instead I'm writing a little about superheroes. When I hear X-Ray I immediately think about X-Ray vision and superheroes. I've found that people are very adamant about the …

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X is for Anxiety MP 

I think it's incredible how we have been conditioned to have so much anxiety about education. I'm not saying that education isn't important because I believe it's extremely important but the pressure that has become associated with educational success in  the form of grades and assessments has reached an absurd level I think. A perfect …

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X is for Xerox 

Never mind the internet, I often revel at how lucky we are to be teachers in the age of the Xerox machine. We are able to disseminate so much more information to our students than prior generations of teachers. There is such value in the ability to Xerox a poem or other text and provide …

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X is for x (as an independent variable) 

“What is the meaning of life?” This question has been an eternal unsolved problem in philosophy of life. One of mathematicians applied the knowledge of math to tell us what the meaning of life is. However, I still did not know how it connects to the understanding of the meaning of life. I hope that …

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X is for Xoloitzcuintle 

The Xoloitzcuintle (show-low-eets-kweent-lee), known to us as the Mexican Hairless Dog, is definitely a breed apart. When we think of the aesthetic aspects of dogs, we typically think of cute, cuddly beings with lots and lots of fur. Because of this, as natives to the tropical climates of Central and South America, the Xolos and …

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X is for Xenophilia 

In Martha Nussbaum’s introduction to the collection of essays, “For Love of Country?”, she acknowledges that people’s compassion for others may cross the national boundary. She gives the example of the aftermath of 9/11, in which we felt “sympathy for many people who did not even cross our minds before” and many Americans began “to …

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X is for Xeroxing 

As I gradually enter into the professional world of education, I realize that I have developed a profound aversion to paper—especially to the devices associated therewith. In the last few weeks, xeroxing has taken over, intermittently, my life within my professional, educational milieu. In itself, the experience has this monotony to it that almost puts …

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X is for Xenophobia 

I once wrote a snarky poem comparing New York City tourists to tree branches scraping your face in a slasher movie. They both only exist to get in your way. It wasn’t one of my better poems (the baseball bat poem I posted earlier, on the other hand, was) (I did think the extended metaphor/couplet …

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X is for X Marks the Spot 

1. The X on a map is the place where you need to be. All other aspects of the map represent the guideposts and obstacles that will either help you along your journey or hinder your arrival to the marked place. 2. The X is most popular on treasure maps. My brother and I would …

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