On Writing

On Writing

“I don’t expect you to love writing but I do expect you to respect it.” It’s what I tell my tenth-graders every year on the first day of school, my philosophy on writing summed up in one sentence. Although I’m an English teacher, this belief admittedly doesn’t reflect it. After all, what kind of educator […]

August

Back To School

August is upon us and school will start shortly. Parents will breathe a long-awaited sigh of relief, students will become reacquainted with the snooze button, and teachers will trudge reluctantly into their classroom, gradebook and red pen (inevitable, ominous foreshadowing of what’s to come) in hand, mourning the long-gone months of freedom and cursing the […]

The Disease

Library

Yesterday while browsing the top articles on msn.com, I ran across one entitled “The Case Against Grades.” Against my better judgment, I opened and read it. As my brain attempted to process phrases like “stress and fear of failing tests lead to classic symptoms of procrastination, avoidance, confusion and low self-esteem,” I could feel my […]

Turtle

Turtle

It’s anti-bullying week at school, which means, in an effort to “put bulling to rest,” I got to wear my pajamas to work today. Although that’s a definite perk of anti-bullying week, it’s not the perk. The perk, of course, is that the entire week is devoted to illuminating and eradicating bullying – a noble […]