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The Digital Classroom: This Year Wasn’t A Waste

  Dianna Souder, Ed.D has been an educator for 11 years, having taught middle school for 8 years and elementary for 3.  During her career, she has worked for several Title I schools, focusing on helping struggling learners obtain success in any way possible. She believes in hands-on learning and finding ways to make education [...]

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 The idea that he is outdated, pointless, and just plain boring has plagued many of us.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 [...]

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