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Painless Poetry: A Road Less Traveled

Painless Poetry "Gross!  I hate this stuff!" "This is too hard, I don't wanna do it!" "It never makes sense to me, it's all so weird." Then the calm voice of reason speaks-  "Ladies, we have to teach it,  it's part of the curriculum."   What is this dreaded standard?   Poetry. That single word would often [...]

One Step At A Time: My Go To Lesson With Van Gogh’s Starry Night

My Go-To Lesson If I were to ask you what is your “go-to” lesson, I bet a dozen donuts you could tell me all about it!  Well, one of my favorite ones involves several different variations of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.  Small side story - while visiting my son and daughter-in-law in Dallas, we took [...]

How to Think Like Shakespeare: A Fun Educational Tool

As an English teacher, there are few things more contentious than teaching Shakespeare in high school classrooms. The idea that he is outdated, pointless, and just plain boring has plagued many of us. I disagree with all of those things. Because of my positive Shakespeare feelings, I am always looking for new ways to teach [...]

2020: An Educator’s Summer of Waiting on COVID-19

When the 2020 Summer Olympics were postponed, I knew there would be a new event that would test the mettle of educators, students, parents, and other stakeholders in education. It's trivia-based, and it has only one question. It's called "What the hell happens in the fall?" COLLEGE What happens in college is as varied as [...]

White Privilege and the Power of Revision in Education

My first honest conversation about white privilege came much too late in life.  I was a 40-something doctoral candidate taking a class on multicultural education with a dozen other white women.  Thankfully, the course was taught by the same (white) professor whose mantra became my own:  The more I learn, the less I know.  This [...]

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