Why I am Writing a Blog about Teaching

We  might not knowingly think of the specific terms purpose and audience when we sit down to write something, but the odds are high that we have thought about them.  Writing, in its simplest terms, boils down to 1. why we are writing and 2. for whom. A grocery list scribbled on a scrap piece … Continue reading Why I am Writing a Blog about Teaching

The Joy of Creating Assignments

I remember a few years ago when I was working in my classroom  one day after school. There was a substitute custodian who was in emptying the waste baskets and we started talking. He asked me how long I had been teaching. “Twenty years,” I told him. “It must not take you long to do … Continue reading The Joy of Creating Assignments

Your Philosophy of Education and Why It Matters

I remember all of those education classes I took in college…. Actually, that is not exactly true. I remember taking a number of education classes, but, to be honest, they all sort of blend together in my mind. I remember many of them required twenty hours of classroom observations over winter and spring breaks followed … Continue reading Your Philosophy of Education and Why It Matters

Physical Space: Creating a Welcoming Classroom Environment

Grafton High School, Room 205 1998-2012 For the first eighteen years of my teaching career, Room 205 was my home. It was a traditional high school classroom. Student desks were lined up in six rows, each with five seats. The teacher desk was in the front of the room and, eventually when the school became … Continue reading Physical Space: Creating a Welcoming Classroom Environment

Why I Teach High School English….

B204: 2012-Present Sometimes students will ask me about how, when, and/or why I decided to become a high school English teacher. That’s when I tell them about Mrs. Cangi. Mrs. Cangi was an amazing teacher, one I was lucky enough to have for French. I walked into her class in seventh grade knowing nothing about … Continue reading Why I Teach High School English….