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Standards and Rubrics

Standards and Rubrics

A dreary day. Every time Joan thought she was making progress and gaining control of her herd of spirited young dynamos, some new setback cropped up. She did her best to stay afloat and, by mid-afternoon, welcomed as an escape something she might have looked to avoid on a better day—a special assembly of teachers.

There was a lively buzz in the teachers’ lounge, but it died down as soon as Jaime came in with the superintendent, Mildred Hofsteder, and a woman Joan didn’t recognize—tight smile; youthful, brown hair; small, oval-shaped wire glasses; dark jacket over a flowered blouse; impressive diamond and gold necklace.

I wish someone would buy one of those for me, Joan thought, before turning to Phil to ...

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