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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 …

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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 …

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  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, …

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I recently shared six-word stories, one of my favorite writing forms, with my high school students, on a day we could actually breathe a little.  Any more, these days are few and far between.  No observers.  No guests.  No testing.  Just time to write. Creatively. Makes me miss (even more!) the days when Reading/Writing Workshop was …

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I took this picture yesterday …. I’d love to tell you it was a few minutes of messiness, but that would be a BIG, FAT, l.i.e. Can you relate? Or, are you shrieking as you look at the cacophony that threatens to swallow my desk in its discord? One day last week, as 1st period was getting underway, one …

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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 …

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Students Students Students Students Students Students Students Students Students Students   Oftentimes, when I tell people I’m a high school teacher, I get this response (or a slight variation), “Oh, wow!  I could never do that! Teenagers these days….” Truth is, the teenagers have been the only reason I keep coming back to the K-12 classroom.  Let’s be clear …

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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 …

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Oh pockets, thank you! In the predawn darkness, you hold the To Do’s and Don’t Forgets. You carry the promise of another bustling day. Hour by hour, your promise, revealed.   Classroom life…….  Not. For. The. Faint. Of. Heart.   Then, as the sun begins to slide …. you shelter new treasures. Remnants of the day….. But what’s to be found when I dig deep? Not coins. Not receipts. Neither gum …

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Always endless effort, media specialists ROCK! (6)   In the twenty years I’ve been teaching and training fellow teachers, I’ve often said our school’s Media Specialist is one of our most important resources.  He or she wears so many hats and now more than ever, has an expanded role that requires much more knowledge and ability to juggle. Thank you for …

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Five years into my teaching career, I decided to move from English Language Arts to Reading, specifically. I began working on my Master’s in Reading Education, and while I learned a lot, my biggest A-ha! came not from the volumes of textbooks read or the 1,000s of words written. No, my biggest lesson came from my students. “Reading is boring!” …

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Being a high school teacher affords me many opportunities to help teens handle life. And loss.  It is at once:  enlightening, encouraging, painful, and honest. Emotions are raw, understanding often limited, and nearly all experiences are ‘firsts.’ Sadly, some, like birth and death, become second- and third-time experiences for a few.  Being there, with a shoulder, a safe place to cry, …

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