Apparently I suck at teaching poetry. Though I failed this year, thankfully the student who shared my shortcomings and his poetic discovery, also provided the solution for next year. In my Creative Writing class, we spend the month of November participating in NaNoWriMo. Then in December, we take a break from cranking out hundreds or … Continue reading Lessons in Free Verse
It was the last class. The last day of school. Spring 2011. The kids were done with their final and sat in small groups, chatting, glancing at the clock, waiting for the empty, long, lovely days of summer to begin. One group sat clustered around my desk discussing their writing. One student had written a … Continue reading An Idea Becomes Reality
Faced with the daunting task of raising thousands of dollars to take five kids to the Forensics National Tournament in Indianapolis this summer, I have spent the last several weeks enconsced in fundraising activities such as sending kids out in their professional business attire to solicit (beg) for donations, running concession stands, and supporting parents who held a … Continue reading McWhat?!?
As they say, anticipation is half the fun. We get to imagine perfect outcomes for any experience we may dream up, but when the job, book, vacation, or even the restaurant I've just tried doesn't live up to my expectations, disappointment ensues. Expectations make me focus on the outcome, not the journey, and I wonder what opportunities I have missed … Continue reading On Expectations
Think back to your freshman year in high school. You lived through moments that defined your life . . . at the time at least. Now, you probably can't recall what they were. Think back also to your English class. Do you remember what you read? Do you remember your first introduction to Shakespeare? As … Continue reading Shakespeare and Freshmen – Good Times
1) The terrified looks on the seniors’ faces as they walk into the room to try to pass the math portion for the 8th time. I am always shocked at some of the kids that come in because some of them are excellent students. One came in yesterday who I had as a freshman. She … Continue reading Five Reasons why State Proficiency Exams Suck
I’ve spent this weekend like I spend a majority of my weekends, watching kids compete. This weekend I watched my Speech & Debate team competing Friday night and all day Saturday, and then on Sunday, I watched my own son compete in the final day of a hockey tournament. When I got to the hockey … Continue reading And the winner is . . . NOT YOU! Deal with it