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  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 …

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A year ago, January 4, 2015, I drafted this post, but never published it. I was struggling terribly and knew that if something didn’t change soon, I’d go right over the edge. It was a really, really, tough time for me…… Jan 4, 2015: What do you do when what you do is no longer what you wish to do?    …

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  Funny how a summer can put things in perspective. Paradigm shift.   Bells ring. Students arrive. Nine weeks come and go. Ten. Eleven. Twelve. Thirteen. Biding my time. Fourteen. Fifteen. Sixteen. Seventeen. Biding my time.   Then ….   Don’t get excited, but….       Too late.   Excited! Even for Maybe.   Right turn ahead? Maybe. …

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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?? …

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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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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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ps….I know you are super busy, but I am missing your blog posts!!!!! That was the message I got from a friend this week.  AH, thank you for the kick in the (writing) butt! Like the workout buddy who says, “Hey! Where you been lately?” my writing/teaching friend reminded me that I need to get back in the …

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