We call it testing season in the education world. It’s that 6 weeks at the end of the school year where the typical Florida high school becomes not much more than a standardized testing location for the FSA, EOC, AP, … Continue reading Do not be afraid
When I press play on each new episode of #advicetomyHSself I do so without any expectation of where things will go. I do not give a fancy introduction or a guiding question. This is generally considered poor teaching practice. But … Continue reading You are not an unlikeable troll
Today I launched Episode 4 of #advicetomyHSself, spotlighing my colleague, Kindra Pinnace. After showing it to the students, they commented on Kindra’s powerful message of acceptance of self, “I am enough.” Later, we read some comedy writing from Tina Fey, a funny … Continue reading We are enough.
Some people do their best thinking in the shower. I do my best thinking on long walks. Last summer, as I trailed past a construction site where 8 men worked atop a roof in the unforgiving 98-degree Florida sun, I … Continue reading Joy in Creating
On a recent trip to our public library, my children explored a “technology” table displaying artifacts like the answering machine, a VHS tape, floppy disk, phones with cords, slide carousel projector, an Apple IIe, and of course, a typewriter. Typewriters … Continue reading As The Pendulum Swings
Two years ago I stepped out of my comfort zone and applied for a new position in our district called Teacher Leader. The position had been around for a year and I had an idea of what was involved, but … Continue reading My Classroom & Office
Every memory I have of my childhood casts pens, pencils, crayons, and paper in the lead roles. These were the implements of my dreams. I worked in words and images and stories from the moment I was able to communicate. … Continue reading My Blog Story