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Did Someone Hit Fast Forward? The Speed of the School Year

Seriously? Did someone hit fast forward and not tell me? I feel like yesterday was the first day of school, and now we are one week away from nine weeks exams. How did that happen? How is it almost OCTOBER? Is someone drugging my coffee? Does anyone else feel like it's been difficult to hit… Continue reading Did Someone Hit Fast Forward? The Speed of the School Year

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Game on! Using games as test prep in the secondary classroom

  Changing my mindset Five years ago, I moved from teaching in a public school to teaching in a charter after 15 years. One of the hardest things for me to wrap my brain around was that my new school did not focus on state testing. They knew it was a necessary evil, and our… Continue reading Game on! Using games as test prep in the secondary classroom

adult friendships, Education, Gratitude, High School, Middle School, Secondary ELA, Secondary English, Self reflection, Teacher, Teacher Tribe, Teaching, Texas, Uncategorized

A Love Letter to my Teacher Tribe

Dear Teacher Tribe, It's the beginning of our 5th week of school, and there are a few things that you should know. For whatever reason, friends have become few and far between for me. Most of it is my own fault, some of it isn't. I've been told I hold people to too high a… Continue reading A Love Letter to my Teacher Tribe

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Hero’s Journey and Annotation

  A long time ago (in a galaxy far, far away), I started teaching hero's journey when a colleague and I began teaching Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman. If you haven't read that book, or any of his work, PLEASE DO. He is one of the best YA authors out there, in my humble opinion.… Continue reading Hero’s Journey and Annotation