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 →


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 →


RandomKid Profoundly Proves Holden’s Relevance

I've been teaching The Catcher in the Rye for years. I believe every American should read, if nothing more, these three classics: The Adventures of Huck Finn, The Great Gatsby and The Catcher in the Rye. Over the past years, the enthusiasm for Catcher has waned. Students complain it isn't relevant, the language is dated,... Continue Reading →


Paying it Forward: My Role as a Mentor Teacher

Mentoring student teachers is one of the greatest pleasures of my job. I'm not on of those who looks to it as an opportunity for a break in my course load, and, if one is a good mentor, the work load certainly multiplies instead of diminishes. I enjoy many things about working with new teachers--... 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 →


Camp NaNoWriMo Frenzy (with STUDENTS!)

A FIVE STEP PROCESS TO NOVEL WRITING As if participating in NaNoWriMo during the month of November (and WINNING!) wasn't a lofty enough task to take on, I've decided to invite my students to take the ride to CampNaNoWriMo during the month of April. While some had entered my second semester Writers' Workshop class relieved... Continue Reading →


Teaching English isn’t about just letters…

I'm not great w/ #'s, but I always tell me students to challenge themselves, raise the bar, so this is my attempt at practicing what I preach. I've been teaching for 22 years I've taught approximately 1690 students I have 3 of my own children whom I have been teaching for 7315 days On average,... 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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