Two Worlds, One Mind: 7 Truths of an Introverted Educator

A friend of mine published a blog post the other day about what it's like to be forced to collaborate with colleagues on a daily basis as an introvert. As I read it, I knew exactly what she was describing. I have often described being an introvert as a curse. It feels like a curse … Continue reading Two Worlds, One Mind: 7 Truths of an Introverted Educator

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Fluff Is Not Good Enough: A Case for Blogging in the Classroom

When most of us reflect on writing in our own high school English classes, we automatically think of essays and research papers, two structures that are notoriously formal and come with a long list of requirements. As a matter of fact, the requirements were so clear when I was a student, I often gave myself … Continue reading Fluff Is Not Good Enough: A Case for Blogging in the Classroom

From the Mouths of Freshmen: 11 Lessons I Learned from My Ninth Graders

As the last assignment of the year, I had my students write a reflection on their first official year as high school students. I wanted to know what they learned, what made them proud, what they regretted, and what I could have done better. As I read their final posts, I laughed, I cried, I … Continue reading From the Mouths of Freshmen: 11 Lessons I Learned from My Ninth Graders

3 Reasons to Keep a Growth Mindset about Design Thinking in the ELA Classroom

I tend to do this thing where I learn about something new and jump right in with both feet before I have time to think it through fully. So it should be no surprise to anyone who knows me well that I tackled incorporating design thinking into my English class pretty much right after I … Continue reading 3 Reasons to Keep a Growth Mindset about Design Thinking in the ELA Classroom

Techin’ in the Classroom: With and without a 1:1 Initiative

My former school system is blessed with an incredible technology team. They work hard to make sure teachers have access to technology and are aware of the newest apps and programs available. And they do this on a very small budget. This XYZ school system operates with computer labs rather than classroom access to computers … Continue reading Techin’ in the Classroom: With and without a 1:1 Initiative

Reflectin’ on My Landing: An Old Dog and Her New Tricks

After sixteen years of teaching and fourteen years in the same school,  I made the difficult decision to move to another school district. When I announced my plans to my family, friends, and coworkers, I was inundated with comments about how brave and/or crazy I was for giving up tenure and leaving the community into … Continue reading Reflectin’ on My Landing: An Old Dog and Her New Tricks