Category Archives: Teaching

How to Love on Our Schools

The bell is poised to ring. The teacher breathes deep. Pencils sharpened to a perfect point and stacks of brilliant colored paper arranged in neat bins. Bulletin boards fresh and bottles of glue in tight little rows. Everything in just … Continue reading

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Lessons for the First Year Teacher

Dear New Teacher and Nervous Soul, I know how you feel. Those butterflies turned evil in your stomach, tying knots? I’ve had them. Wondering if you’ve made the right decision. If you’re ready to face the responsibility. If you’ve got … Continue reading

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Two Things That Really Matter in Education

It’s that time of year. School awards. Graduations. Promotions. Recognizing the achievements and intelligence of our nation’s children. Proud parents beam coaxing smiles from their children for pictures and social media posts. I’ve been one of them. My girl’s fourth … Continue reading

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The Test Does Not Define You

So. Tomorrow you will take a test. Bubbling in A or B and sometimes E. Writing essays until your fingers cramp. It will be the test. The one we’ve prepared for by reading and writing and thinking and straining. And … Continue reading

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Why Thank You Means so Much

The day started simple enough. The normal, drag-myself-out-of-bed-before-the-sun-knows-how-to-rise kind of morning. After getting dressed, I sauntered into the kitchen believing time was all mine. Until I looked at the blue-green, numbered glow from the microwave. Not only was I late. … Continue reading

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I Need You to Fight for My Students

I sat in the corner of the coffee shop swirling my raspberry mocha, waiting for it to cool. Looking up, I was greeted by a familiar face. A former student who held a piece of my heart. He had graduated … Continue reading

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Because Teens are Incredible Humans

He’s the kind of teenager you might side-step to avoid. The rough-around-the-edges sort. The one you may think will amount to nothing. He was a student of mine last year. This week he walked into my classroom as the weariness … Continue reading

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What I Want the Parents of My Students to Know

My refrigerator holds a list. Summer to-dos. Almost 20 items needing attention before school begins. Important things. Things like: Sort through financial records. Write my AP syllabus and book proposal. Take down Christmas lights (wish I was kidding about that … Continue reading

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