Monthly Archives: February 2016

A Few Books That Have Made Me Cry

I saw this image floating around Facebook recently, and it got me thinking about the power a good story has.  There are many books that, over the years, have made me lose my composure—sometimes privately, and sometimes in public. I’m leaving … Continue reading

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10 Things I Probably Say Too Often (in my classroom)

“That sound you hear?  That’s the sound of grades plummeting.” “How can you raise your grade?  Build yourself a Time Machine, go back in time, and slap the hell out of yourself for not turning in your work.” “Writing does … Continue reading

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Students Then and Now

One of the things people say often when they find out I teach High School English is that they can’t imagine teaching “kids today.” To some extent, that’s generational–in many ways, students today are very similar to the students of … Continue reading

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