Learner or Teacher?

  The other day, while reading¬†fellow blogger and author Carrie Rubin's¬†post about authors, gender, standards, and profanity/violence,¬†I replied with my perspective as¬†a teacher who worked with middle and high school students for many years. As a reading specialist and as a writer myself, I¬†required¬†lots of writing from my students and taught them that¬†reading and writing... Continue Reading →

From Every Book…. Learning the Pleasures of Being Literate {Slice of Life}

I wonder:¬†¬†¬† Who taught you the pleasures of reading and writing?¬†¬†Did you discover them in high school? Earlier? Later? In my high school¬†Intensive Reading/Critical Thinking class, it takes a while to get students to 'buy into' reading for pleasure.¬† It's not uncommon to hear, "You want us to read???"¬†followed by: ¬†Do we get a grade??... Continue Reading →

Of Aqua Net and Apologies…. {Slice of Life}

Recently, while¬†hurrying through our¬†teacher¬†workroom before sunrise,¬†a fellow teacher stopped me. We worked together in Career & Technical Education a few years ago. She was¬†a tech center instructor, while I served as¬†an instructional¬†coach, bringing pedagogy to CTE instructors. Now, we both teach at the local high school. "I owe you an apology," she declared. I quickly... Continue Reading →

Tell Us About Yourself: Sending an Introvert Into a Tailspin

Freaked out at the thought of having to introduce yourself to strangers?   Several months ago I blogged about my BIG¬†discovery¬†{here}, after reading¬†Susan Cain's, Quiet: The Power of Introverts, last December.¬† What a great read!¬† In it,¬†she discusses introverts in our society and society's response to them.¬† She writes, "The bias against introversion leads to... Continue Reading →

When Dads Walk Away…. {Slice of Life}

  What happens when dads walk away? As a 'dad-less' daughter, I know¬†kids are left behind to wonder¬†why.¬†Why did he go? Why didn't he want me? What did I do wrong? Why didn't he¬†want to be around?¬†What could I have done differently to make him stay? Or, worse yet,¬†kids left behind think mom pushed¬†dad away,... Continue Reading →

Becoming Unnecessary

A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. ~¬†Thomas Carruthers Become unnecessary? ¬†Why would I do that? Because as teachers and as parents, it's¬†our responsibility to our students/children. My two cents?? Teach kids¬†the definition of¬†integrity: what you do when¬†no one is looking," ... and get out of the way. Ever wonder why some teachers... Continue Reading →

Early Childhood Ed: Tykes, Testing, and (Future) Teachers

This post was first published in 2011.¬† At the time, I was a member of our district's CTE Instructional Support team.¬† Since then, I returned to my own academic classroom, where I've spent the past three+ years.¬† Now, with a wish to return to CTE, I'm sharing an answer to the question I get from... Continue Reading →

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