Category Archives: Teaching

Recipe for Success

Around the holidays, I often think of food—perhaps because there is an abundance of food served to celebrate family gatherings or perhaps because holidays feature menu items that aren’t everyday fare—treats like cheesy potatoes, shrimp cocktail, and prime rib or peanut brittle, frosted cut-out cookies, and pecan pie. Foods also connect us to culture, so…
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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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