Student Accountability: How Do You Do It?!

Alright, folks, let’s roll up our sleeves and put our heads together for a bit, because I need some collective brainstorming. The topic of the day: missing work. I’ll be engaging in some action research over the next several months about student accountability systems. This is a prevalent issue in our high school, and it’s …

Re-seeing Shakespeare

I know I should probably keep this a secret, but I hate teaching Shakespeare. I visibly cringe (and occasionally twitch) when that part of the semester rolls around. I can hear the eyes rolling before I can even completely get the name Shakespeare off my tongue (and, yes, when 28 sets of eyes all roll …

WV ELA 18 Conference

I’ve been more or less traveling since last Wednesday, and I have only just now found the time to sit down and tell you fine people about the incredible weekend I had with some of the most inspiring and motivating educators I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and collaborating with. I took pages …

Donors Choose Project FUNDED!!

I have been trying to find the time to take a moment to update my blog to showcase the incredible success I experienced on my first Donors Choose project, but we all know what kind of challenge finding time is for teachers and mothers. Last Saturday I posted about my project, which was on its …

Why Failure Should be an Option

A small child, unsure and unsteady, wobbles away from the couch supporting her, trying for the first time to walk on her own. Her parents hold their breath, letting it out in an audible rush when she plops down suddenly, but they clap excitedly and shower her with praise and encouragement, urging her to try …

Donors Choose Project

UPDATE (April 7, 2018): Today is the last day to double your donation using code LIFTOFF at checkout! I only need $472 to meet my goal. Your donation of only 5 dollars (less than you would normally spend at a fast food restaurant) would impact the education of over 100 students. Please take a moment …

Awakening the Educational Giant

Sometimes as teachers, we get caught up in the individualistic aspects of our career. We get lost in units and lesson plans, in phone calls to parents, in mounds of papers to grade—in the thousand and one cyclical tasks that isolate and exhaust us. We become islands floating at sea. We forget that we are …