Summer 2016

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members speak by Kenneth Poppe, science/math teacher in Fort Worth ISD ATPE member Kenneth Poppe encourages educators to stay positive in the classroom. H ow many emails do you get in an average workday? Multiply that by 180, a typical number of service days in an annual school year, and then by the number of years you have worked. Waddya get? (I got 420,750 messages over my 45-year career!) Now, how many of those specifc emails can you recall? If you are like me, virtually none of them. We tend to quickly process each message's information, type a reply if required, hit "send" ... and wipe the mental slate clean. (Unless, like me, you have to resend and say, "Oops. Forgot the attachment.") However, I do remember two specifc emails. One was the Enjoy Your Kids Today 32 | atpe news

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