Before some of you get all upset, yes, I used the word “finna.” I know, I know. “But that’s not a word!” Believe me, as an English teacher who wants to throat punch any and everyone who uses “conversate” or “irregardless” in a sentence I completely feel your angst. But, I live in the South […]Read more "Five Things Teachers Ought Not Try (The “What You’re Not Finna Do Is” Edition)"
(Shout out to Tupac for the quote.) A few weeks ago, I found myself in yet another frustratingly familiar place. Sick. I hate being sick. Hate with a capital “H” for “Hell no I don’t have time to be at home in recovery. I have too much [fill in appropriate expletive] to do!” If you […]Read more "If a Rose Can Grow from Concrete, You Can Find a Flower in the Desert"
(The Weekend “I’m Ranting” Edition) My father used to tell me often that there are three things you don’t discuss in polite conversation: sex, religion, and politics and I have always done my best to be cautious when the subjects come up, unless the conversation isn’t at all polite and then I have at it. […]Read more "Let’s Make a Deal! How About Not?"
I already know you finished the sentence so no need to act like you didn’t. But yeah. What in all the actual? The other day I ran across a quote on Twitter that proudly proclaimed, “A good teacher is like a candle, it consumes itself to light the way for others.” After I gave whoever […]Read more "What in All the Actual…"
Recently, I had the opportunity to watch one of my newest favorite movies, Rise of the Guardians. If you are unfamiliar with the film, The Guardians are a group of immortals who were chosen by the Man in the Moon to be the protectors of hope and belief in children everywhere. You know them better by the names they were […]Read more
About a week ago, NPR ran a story titled “When a School gets a Bad Report Card” about North Carolina’s recent decision to grade their schools on the traditional A through F scale. (You can read the entire article here.) The State isn’t the first to try this method, and most certainly they won’t be the […]Read more "Praise the Progress"
“The whole of this family, the six grown ups and little Charlie Bucket, live together in a small wooden house on the edge of a great town. The house wasn’t nearly large enough for so many people, and life was extremely uncomfortable for them all. There were only two rooms in the place altogether, and there […]Read more "Charlie Bucket: The Face of Poverty in Education"