Monthly Archives: June 2014

Six word memoirs…what’s yours?

I’m part of a teacher-leadership program, and we all had to submit a six word memoir–the story of our lives. Yes, six words! Well, mine has always been to go through life with the intent of making the world a

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The future is in good hands, part #37

I am in Louisville this week, scoring advanced placement English Literature essays (with 2500 other college professors and English teachers from across the nation). I am impressed by a few things: 1) that there are 2500 English teachers from across

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The impact of coaches: evaluate that!

I have been running with my high school’s cross-country team, which meets at 6AM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. About 40-50 kids show up, some of the kids having already graduated but coming back to hang out with their coaches

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Leavers? You are wasting your breath.

I recently read a blog post from Josh Waldron, a teacher who is making a big deal out of the fact that he left the classroom this year ( He is an award winning teacher–the reporters and columnists get that

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Retained!–in the good way

For all who read my initial post about a friend in special education who was leaving the profession, I am very happy to share that she decided to return as a special education teacher next year. I am delighted to

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Marathon complete

Well, I just completed my 9th highly-demanding marathon and I am worn out! NY City Marathon? Nope. Breast Cancer 3-day? Nope. Mud Race? Nope. Obstacle Course? Well, yes a little bit. Dress up and get paint sprayed on me race?

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