This year is my year to join the online world. Until 2015, I had steadfastly refused to Tweet, Link in, or otherwise have an online presence. I’m not really sure why I decided to dive in now, but I’m so glad I did. As a teacher, I have always embraced technology in my classroom in … More 32-64-128, The Internet is Really Great!
As I consider returning to school next week, I must confess my first reaction is to groan at having to wake up so early and keep a regular schedule again. It’s easy for teachers to get bogged down by negativity at the beginning of the school year; it can be difficult to see through the … More Those Back to School Blues
A fellow blogger and English teacher has written an insightful analysis of why she has not jumped onto Watchman‘s ever growing fanlist. Head over to her site for her views about the publication of Harper Lee’s “new” novel. While you’re there, look around. This is an especially great site for teachers; The Millenery wears many … More The Millenery’s View on Watchman
Is Common Core the The BOTOX of Education? As a Migraine sufferer, I have first hand experience with unexpected benefits from relatively silly ideas. BOTOX was discovered as a treatment for Migraine when some migraine patients receiving cosmetics treatments reported a lowered incidence of headaches. This spurred research into whether or not the injections might be … More Common Core’s Positive Side Effects
Why one English teacher has no plans to read Go Set a Watchman I’ve been teaching Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird for almost my entire career. I have dissected, analyzed, and scrutinized every word, action, and character in that novel. One would think that a new related masterpiece by Harper Lee would have me … More Atticus: The Dark Knight? Not in this Universe
Seriously, What up? I’ve had no contact with social media ever before, and now, I’m trying to blog. So, what up? Well, first, I’m no Luddite; trying to live without any online presence was beginning to seem like driving around in a Model-T. Then there’s this whole thing about my being a writing teacher. Where … More What Up with the Blog?
In the Dark Ages when I began teaching, I remember seeing lines of connected script flowing across students’ papers. My, how things have changed! Today, even my honors ninth grade students sometimes confess to me that they cannot even read cursive writing, let alone produce it. This presents a logistical nightmare for today’s students who … More To Curse or Not to Curse in the Classroom