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
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
Have you ever been asked that question? It’s an odd question but one that high school debaters regularly ask their judges before a debate round. The first time a competitor asked me about my paradigm before a round, I had absolutely no idea what they were talking about. “My paradigm? Uhhh . . . ” … Continue reading What is your paradigm?
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
Earlier this week while my students were working on their final projects, I asked a senior what she was planning on doing after graduation. She explained that she was going to an acting/comedy school. Then she instantly began justifying herself, as if her decision was somehow wrong. When I asked her why she was doing … Continue reading “Any road will get you there.”