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!
My tiny school, nestled here in the Great Smoky Mountains of Eastern Tennessee, has just been granted the honor of being named one of America’s Top 500 High Schools by Newsweek. You can read the local release here. A highlight from the story in the Knoxville News Sentinel story, released on August 19, 2015 notes … More You’re the Best Around
I am Tracey. Well, Juliet may not have thought much of them, but I’m rather fond of mine. Blogging has reminded me of this. So many of my wonderfully supportive fellow bloggers address me as “Tracey” here in comments. I like that. A situation that I suspect may be almost unique to teachers is that we … More What’s in a Name?
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
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
I completed this post as an assignment for my Blogging 101 course. As part of the assignment to make it fit my content, I explored this as my students experience a writing prompt. I clicked, I saw, I wrote. … More Hold on Just a Minute!
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
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