I followed in my mom’s footsteps to college as an English major, we took graduate level courses together as we pursued our Master’s degrees, and finally ended up teaching in the same school. I had the unique opportunity to work with my mom, not only in the same building, but also in the same classroom.... Continue Reading →
This is Teacher Appreciation Week across the country and today is recognized as National Teacher’s Day. I was fortunate to have many great teachers during my time in school, but this year as my oldest son finishes second grade, my mind is drawn to my own second grade teacher, Miss Dottie Dodd. I was six-years-old... Continue Reading →
It was hard not to pack my Norton Anthology. Following my mother's retirement from teaching as a Special Education English specialist for 20 years, we decided to make our pilgrimage to London, England, to experience many of the sights related to works we taught over the years. My cousin Wendy, who is the third English... Continue Reading →
What one year with GroupMe taught me. At this time of the school year with five weeks left to go, invariably, my mind starts to turn to next year. My "What to do differently next year" document is growing longer and my students have grown accustomed to chiming in about things they would change for... Continue Reading →
Allow yourself to step into the world of Olive, Kiwi, and Carlos; travel to their homes and experience their lives through their own words in an interactive exhibit. My mother, sister, and I took our five kids during our Good Friday off from school. A little more compassion at Easter sounded like a good thing. But... Continue Reading →
My first day of teaching was sixteen years ago this past January. I was a full-time graduate student, assistant volleyball coach, and regular substitute. I was not planning on teaching full-time until I finished my Master's Degree. Well, I grew tired of dorm living quickly after the carefree undergraduate years were behind me and accepted a... Continue Reading →
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