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’twas the night before progress reports.

Teaching is a lot like childbirth. If we told teachers-to-be the truth about their futures, education majors everywhere would take their college loans and head for the hills. Instead, we use educator Newspeak, gingerly telling these trainees that “no textbook can fully prepare them,” that their… Continue Reading “’twas the night before progress reports.”

charming gardeners.

With Thanksgiving comes reflection, and this year my thinking was informed by French novelist Marcel Proust: “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” And while my family most of the time naturally… Continue Reading “charming gardeners.”

the classroom library (yes, even in high school).

My husband says I work for free–although, if we’re counting this past year, I may have actually paid to come to work. The reason? You’re looking at it: the classroom library. After being inspired by the likes of Kelly Gallagher (Readicide), Penny Kittle (Book Love), and… Continue Reading “the classroom library (yes, even in high school).”