The Signature of your Beliefs: Creating a Motto

The thing about being a teacher is that whatever I experience, whether it's an activity, an article or book that I'm reading, or simply something observed, my mind thinks like a teacher. How could I use this in the classroom? What does this connect to? An overarching web extends deep and wide over all that... Continue Reading →

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Teaching Through Tragedy

It was the most draining week in teaching I've ever experienced. For, it reaffirmed for me that teaching is so much more than a job; it's life, all encompassing. As teachers, we not only bring our jobs home, we bring who were are and the experiences we've had into the classroom to share with our... Continue Reading →

Messy Learning Inherent to Great Teaching

Teaching is a challenging profession, no matter what the political pundits would have you believe. It takes a great deal of time (education, preparation, planning, assessing, reflecting, adjusting...), energy and experience to embody all of the characteristics of a great teacher. And, lets face it, there are a lot of great teachers out there. Two... Continue Reading →

A Window of Opportunity with The Great Gatsby Release

Amidst lots of hype, a delayed release, The Great Gatsby debuts, FINALLY. Besides being directed by one of my all time favorites, Baz Lurhmann, the cast is amazing: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire. I'm predicting, now, this will be Leo's ticket to Oscar, also long overdue. I've been teaching this novel to junior high... Continue Reading →

What I Make…

I was inspired today upon seeing this video of Taylor Mali's inspirational poem cleaned up a bit (aka censored) for a teacher's in-service audience. "What I Make" Somehow, we [teachers] always feel as if we need to defend ourselves and our profession to justify the moderate incomes we make. I'm not sure why because every... Continue Reading →

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