Month: September 2018

Lesson Planning: Online Archives and Webquests

Since my school places a high priority on using technology in the classroom, I always have an eye out for good resources that will support my teaching in a tech way without being gratuitous or gimmicky. Here’s some of what I’ve found, and as always, feel free to drop suggestions in the comments: Webquests Hispanic […]

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Categories: Teaching

TEACHING

I come from a family of teachers: my mother, sister, stepmother, aunt, cousin, and stepfather are all teachers! I’ve spent my whole life in and around schools, and can’t imagine it any other way. My path to teaching has been a bit different from my relatives, though– I have no formal training in education and […]

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Spotlight

My blog is a patchwork of everything I love to write about, everything that interests me. Here are some of the best posts I’ve written here, in some of the major areas that often draw my attention. Teaching: Reflection is an essential part of my teaching process, and blogging has been an incredible tool for me as […]

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READING

If you’ve landed here and plan to stick around, you’re probably a bookworm or bibliophile (whichever term you prefer). Maybe you have books spilling from shelves in every room of your house, or an unwieldy wishlist at your favorite retailer, or you visit famous bookstores when you travel and haunt your local library. If you’re […]

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Motherhood

The posts I’ve written on motherhood are the closest I come to a baby book, reflections on how I parent as well as glimpses into our daily family life. I think like many parents, I often feel like I’m making it up as I go along, but when I look back over my writing, patterns […]

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Kitchen

My favorite room in my house is my kitchen, and when I’m having a tough day, I daydream about coming home and spending a few hours baking and cooking, regaining some peace and joy when I need it most. Meal Planning: Pinterest and Meal Planning Reflecting on Meal Planning Composing the Christmas Cookie List Making […]

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PLEASURE IN PRIOR PREPARATION

Last summer, I tackled two sessions with a program for gifted children, and both times, I was assigned to those courses with about two weeks’ notice, using books and curricula someone else had chosen or designed. As an adjunct, I used to do this pretty regularly, but years in my own classroom, with autonomy over my curricula […]

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DEAR POET: TRIUMPH!

A highlight of my spring poetry unit the past few years has been requiring my students to participate in whatever interactive project the Academy of American Poet proposes for National Poetry Month. The projects always comprise multimedia, engaging contemporary poems, lesson plans and more to make it easy for teachers to incorporate the projects into the […]

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SOLS: TWO WEEKS

Two weeks. Two weeks to pack the clothes, tag the pictures, sort the books, scavenge for boxes, wrap the dishes, wonder why I ever bought that sweater and just how many books I actually own. Two weeks to forward the mail, change the address, call the cable guy, call the utility people, get the shot […]

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SNAPSHOT AT 13

They are thirteen. There is hair: so much hair, and hair care, and grooming, and maintenance, and styling, and products. There are rapidly multiplying piles of shoes, in various colors and styles, and sizes that are increasingly closer to adult. There is wariness about friendship, unsure about what real friendship looks like and how to […]

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