Category Archives: Teaching

Ripples in a Pond

Growing up, I remember frequent reminders to think before speaking; therefore, cautions like “be sure brain is engaged before putting mouth in gear” resonate with me.  While teaching, I frequently reminded my high school students, “Just because an idea crosses your mind doesn’t mean it has to cross your lips.”  If anyone audaciously retorted, “I…
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Celebrating Your Right to Read

Every year, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles a list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. Because I’m one of those teachers who likes to think for herself and to let others do the same, in honor of Banned Books Week, celebrated…
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Building Community

Back-to-School displays have been in stores for two weeks already, and with the calendar turning over to August, the countdown officially begins, since many students and teachers will be returning to the classroom this month. When I taught at the secondary school level for 26 years, I always used those first few weeks of school…
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Six-Word Stories: Versatile Comprehension Tools

  Although the six-word memoir began as a narrative platform for telling a personal story in only six words, it serves as a versatile analysis and comprehension tool for multiple content areas. According to literary legend, the six-word story was born when someone challenged novelist Ernest Hemingway to write a story using only six words;…
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