Fruits of the Spirit - Or Not

It has occurred to me lately that, as the mother of a 5 ½ -year-old and a 2 ½-year-old, I may be failing miserably in teaching basic positive character traits....more
Ack, there are definitely days when I feel like the killer of joy and the pronouncer of the ...more

Gilad Shalit comes home!!

After five long years in a Palestinian prison, Gilad Shalit was released and flew home to his family today!! I have had Gilad's photograph on my refrigerator gallery, along with other people I love and cherish,since he was first captured. Our family has prayed for his protection and release relentlessly. This is a day of miraculously answered prayers!!...more

Teaching- Say What You Need To Say

     A few days ago I took a job as a substitute teacher in an elementary school's preschool program. I had a great time over all. Preschool children aren't my favorite age group, I really LOVE high school kids and will be earning my certification to teach high school English, but there is something to love about every age group. The discouraging thing I experienced was the mentality of most of the other teachers. One in particular I really wanted to back slap....more

Pearl Earrings

I haven't shared this with a lot of people, but there was one experience in my five month job hunt last year that has stuck with me since....more

Entitled to Learn

Last spring, a student complained about a grade that I had given her.  We met.  I wasn’t changing her grade.  I explained my grading scheme. She nodded, not happy, but, I thought, at least comprehending.  The next day, I received a phone call from her mother....more

The word "asininity" just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?

There were a couple of times when I was teaching freshman English that I might have liked to have recited the following speech from "The Happy Years." It's an odd little MGM film from 1950 starring Dean Stockwell and a host of other adolescent child actors all wearing suits, ties, and hats, and pretending to be boys at school in 1896. ...more

Teaching or Training Manners: What Should Parents Be Doing?

Teach. To impart knowledge or skill to. To provide knowledge of; instruct in. To condition to a certain action or frame of mind. To cause to learn by example or experience. To advocate or preach. To carry on instruction on a regular basis in. Train. To coach in or accustom to a mode of behavior or performance. To make proficient with specialized instruction and practice. To prepare physically, as with a regimen: train athletes for track-and-field competition. Where is the line divided between teaching and training when it comes to our children?...more
I spank! No, Im joking. I think both are important. more

Teaching media literacy in a community where media is limited

That will be my daunting task if I choose to accept a teaching position with a small religous school for the 2011/12 school year. The families do not have televisions at home, Internet is quite closed, and when movies are watched they are generally informative rather than entertaining.And my challenge is to meet all of the provincially mandated requirements for course completion while a big part of the English courses that I will be teaching involves the understanding and use of technology and other media.Should be interesting! How would you go about this task?...more

Never Stop Teaching

An article from WBEZ today states that teachers are feeling 'beat down' as the school year starts....more

It's A New Year: Here They Come!

The students are coming into the building tomorrow. This has been a year of many changes. We have two new administrators (a principal and assistant principal), about thirty teachers new to the building, over half of them in their first year, and new standards that have created a huge curriculum shift in English. I don't feel ready, but I don't think I ever feel ready. You're never really ready for the kids until they're in your room, staring you down.  ...more
"I didn't get into education to help the kids who can help themselves." Amen to that!more