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Gregory Michie, former public school educator and author

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Gregory Michie, former public school educator and author

Max Lubbers / WBEZ

Before retirement, this CPS teacher documented his final school year in a newly published diary

In the summer 2022, Gregory Michie was unexpectedly reassigned for the fall term from teaching middle school children to instructing K-8 students.

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For Chicago teachers, a note from the principal with their assignment for the upcoming school year is a mere formality. Most return to the same grade level or subject as the year before. But for others, including veteran teacher Gregory Michie, the switch was a “sucker punch.” Michie was reassigned to teach media literacy to all grade levels in his school, from kindergarten through eighth grade, a challenge he hadn’t encountered before. He walks readers through the preparation and the obstacles in a series of diary entries that became a published book.

Reset sits down with Michie to learn more about the lessons he learned from his students in his final year with Chicago Public Schools.

GUEST: Gregory Michie, former public school educator and author of 176 Days: A Teacher’s Diary of an Unexpected Year.

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