My last post was about how teachers don’t have enough time to do everything we need to do, so it may seem like producing a classroom website is just adding work to an already overloaded schedule. I have to confess: At first it is a bit labor intensive. Unlike so many tasks thrust upon us … More The Power of the Blog
A few weeks ago, I placed a project on Donors Choose, a website created to help teachers get funding for their class projects. I requested copies of Thornton Wilder’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey. Our school has some copies, but this year, we changed our scheduling completely, and I now have double the number … More With Deepest Gratitude!
Students hate homework. I did. I do my best not to overwhelm my students with homework; unfortunately, it is sometimes a necessary evil. The axiom “Practice makes perfect” is around for a good reason. The key to successful homework is creating practice that will engage students. I am delving more and more into the world … More Stealth Teaching
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!
Today, I was so honored to be nominated for a Liebster Award by Catherine Mullaney of Disarmed By Love. Thank you, Catherine. My first reaction was simply to re-read her lovely nomination to me; you see, I’ve been blogging for such a short time, and Disarmed by Love is such a lovely site. When I … More Humbled and Honored, the Liebster Award
As the new school year approaches, I find myself cringing… not at the thought of classes full of teenagers; I love my kids. Not at “having” to plan and present lessons; this summer I have found some great ideas that I’m excited to try out. No, I cringe at the thought of inservice meetings. It … More Inservice My Way
Uh, what do you mean I’m not immortal? This is news to me. I’m forty-eight years old, and I still eat bacon; that’s right, bacon. And not just any old bacon, an amazing hickory-smoked bacon called Benton’s Bacon. It is so heavenly that it can’t be hurting me, right? Someone say right. I use real … More Hold on Just a Minute!
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
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?