Driven. Focused. Perfectionist. Words that I have always used to describe myself. Words that, at face value, probably connote positive feelings and an admirable work-ethic. I had a drive to succeed that meant I was going to be the best mother, the best wife, the best teacher, the best at everything I did. My home…
Being a teenager can be pretty awful most of the time. I remember clearly the sense of loneliness, isolation, weirdness, and anxiety that came with learning to be me. Feeling as though my skin was too tight, or too itchy, too much. Whatever. I didn’t even know why it was uncomfortable most of the time….
Realizing as I plugged this blog at a recent conference that it would probably be good to actually have some new content to plug. Gulp! I blame my real life. It’s been busy. Good, but busy. Let me fill you in on all that’s transpired since January 1. January was a month of many new…
A look back on one of the best worst years of my life.
What might be done to train, recruit, and retain effective teachers: the single most important factor in student achievement.
An attempt to make sense of this new and uncomfortable feeling of teacher burnout. The struggle is real.
How can we promote civil democratic discussion in our classrooms? Here’s a start.
Imagine you have spent weeks working on a narrative piece for a magazine. You have gone through many stages, edits, and revisions. You are just about ready to submit, but you think you should probably save it and walk away for a day or two, and you will come back to it with fresh eyes…
How one teacher finds the time to be in awe of the world and the beauty in it.
The first blog post is like the first day of school. It’s always a good idea to start with a getting to know you activity, right? I can’t bore you to tears with the syllabus on the first day.
I think before I get much further into writing this blog, perhaps we should take a moment to get real about why I became a teacher in the first place.
Our society can be pretty wack in some ways. For instance, our obsession with being busy. In my own life I have always thought “better busy than bored!” (Excuse this either/or logical fallacy. I didn’t realize until I began teaching AP Language how stupid I really was…)