This Here Now

Sarah Dille is a mom of two great kids, wife to a serial remodeler, and a full-time English teacher. To keep her sanity, she writes about weathering the many changes of parenting and the lovable craziness of her children on her blog,

Truth in Photography? – Teaching with a Social Justice Lens

When I had my own classroom, I couldn’t help but think about ways to help my students make sense of the big events happening in the world around them. Sometimes adults...more

Towards Bravery and Kindness and Resilience

He presented his “Me” Poster to his 23 classmates yesterday. “The teacher told me I had to speak up,” he said. “Your friends wanted to hear you.” “I did it ....more

Three Things I’d Try In My Classroom This Year

It’s my first year not returning to my own classroom. Today, as all my colleagues returned for their first day of professional development, I was across town collaborating with my new teammates designing learning experiences for teachers and reaching out to the teachers who I’ll be working with to offer support. Even though I won’t have my own classroom this year, I started thinking about the what if ....more


He ran away from me on the playground on Saturday morning at the kindergarten meet up, no goodbye or hugging my legs or telling me he needs his warm-up time. I’ve been waiting for this moment for months now – for him to feel more independent and comfortable in his own skin. I’ve sat on the outskirts of so many birthday parties and crowded gatherings with both familiar and unfamiliar faces wishing with all my might that I could wave a wand and take away his worries about going off into the world without me right there ....more

Appreciating Teaching

I’m a teacher. The classroom is my second home. For 16 years, my whole adult life, I’ve gone to work each day in a school ....more

Re-imagining Final Exams in a Connected Classroom

I’ve never really been a fan of exams. I certainly don’t like the standardized kind and I’m not really even a fan of teacher-created...more

Where Do I Start?

Since I presented at the Innovation Summit a few weeks ago, I’ve gotten a few inquiries from teachers who want to start blogging with students but they aren’t sure how to start. Or where to start. Or what they should emphasize first ....more


I’ve been stuck. You might have noticed that I’ve been missing from this space for over a month – something that hasn’t happened in the last 7 years of blogging. I’m not sure that I’ve missed writing, really ....more

What Happens When Students Write Publicly

“Someone in another state...more

The Teacher Is Not An Audience

Six years ago, when I sat down to type my very first blog post, I had no idea how much that decision would shape me. How much I’d grow as a writer and a member of a community. How much I’d come to rely on this space to figure myself out ....more