Moment(s) of Silence

Been kind of speechless lately- maybe because I'm from the Thumper school of thought that says "you don't have nothin' nice to say, don't say nothin' at all." Or maybe it's all the noise that I'm surrounded by- literal household noise, yes, but also that of constant news reports, trying to be helpful but yet…

Senioritis-20

A new version of the illness, "Senioritis,"specific to those in the graduating class of 2020. Symptoms include: Crying at the disappointment of lost opportunities- show choir competitions, performances, club meetings, dances, athletic events, rights of passage, and general social opportunities with friendsGuilt about feeling sad when others in the world are in much more difficult…

Cheapo Inspo for 9-13 Y/Os

Teaching 9-13 year-olds is not for the faint of heart, and when you haven't been 9-13 in a while yourself, coming up with ideas to inspire and motivate can be a challenge. So here are a few gimmicks I've discovered over my past twenty years in the classroom that help in this arena (most of the time- with a lot of students 😏).

Rome in a Day

No, it wasn't built in one, but if you're motivated, it is possible to see it (the highlights, anyway!) in a day. That way, you can take advantage of the inexpensive flight options within EU countries and make the most of your visit "across the pond," no matter which country is your primary destination. Getting…

From the Vocab Lab…

Okay, so I don't have anything as fancy as a lab. But I do have twenty years of experience trying different methods of vocabulary instruction and reinforcement in my classroom, and therefore some idea of what practices tend to work well with middle schoolers at all levels as well as your English Learners. Consider incorporating…

Human Interaction for the Win!

Remember the magic of college? Thousands of people of the same age, in the same place, at the same time, with availability and limited responsibility? The conversations where you sat around for hours philosophizing and waxing poetic, getting to the heart of who these future life-long friends around you really were? I was reminded of…