I participated in my final regular season Forensics/Speech and Debate tournament as head coach this weekend, and last night at the awards, each of the coaches shared something they had learned from participating in this thing we call Speech and Debate. One shared that he had learned that the effective use of language to manipulate, … Continue reading Are you a Super Hero?
I had an interesting conversation with one of my students this past week. He decided that since he has been suffering from a severe case of Senioritis since August, now that the Forensics season is almost over, he’d like to write a new expository speech. Apparently, his apathy might be wearing off, but we’ll see … Continue reading How do you say a word without really saying it?
I’ve been attending the first day of school either as a student or a teacher for well over half of my life (at 41 that’s a lot of first days of school), yet I still get nightmares about them. They always follow the same sort of pattern: I enter my classroom completely unprepared without a … Continue reading First Day of School Nightmares
Last week I took a vacation – a complete vacation from any type of work. For seven whole days, I didn’t write blog posts, character sketches, or scenes; I didn’t work on getting ready for the fall semester; I didn’t read any books on improving my writing craft; I didn’t even sew a single stitch. … Continue reading Vacation – “The Process of Becoming Empty”