One of my favorite features of Facebook is the Memories tab. I keep a journal, but rather sporadically, so for reminders about what was happening in my life in the past, Facebook is a more consistent reminder of the day to day. There are certainly challenges with this, perhaps the chief being, the difficulty of … Continue reading A Change Would Do You Good
In 2016-2017, the Language Arts and Social Studies departments at our school will be undergoing a curriculum review. This news wasn't meant with universal acclaim. I think it's very easy, especially for those who have been teaching for any number of years, to feel like whatever professional development we undertake is just the latest new … Continue reading SOARing
It took me a little longer than in previous years to get my year in pictures book put together. In the midst of sifting through thousands of pictures, I sometimes wonder if it's worth the effort, but I'm always grateful at the end of the process that I took the time to do it. Last … Continue reading Year in Pictures 2015
I'm six weeks into my ninth year of teaching. Part of me misses the sense of it all being fresh and new. One of the things I like about teaching, though, is that there's always a sense of newness and possibility at the beginning of a new year, even if it's not quite as strong as … Continue reading What’s Changed and What Hasn’t?
I was able to squeeze in 50 books and 50 hikes in 2014, although it definitely came down to the wire. For 2015, my goal is to read 50 books, watch 50 movies that I haven't seen before (my husband's excited about helping me reach that goal), and walk 25 miles per week. Hikes are … Continue reading New Year, New Goals
Independent School magazine has published an article I recently wrote based on Dr. danah boyd's book, It's Complicated. It's an important read for parents, educators, and others who care about kids. "While much of the rhetoric around teens’ use of social media is cloaked in language of fear, boyd argues that fearmongering is unnecessary and, … Continue reading The Kids Are All Right
Today I'm presenting at the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS) Annual Educators Conference. The session is from 3-4pm in Carolina C room. Here's the session description and slide deck. Primary sources allow students the opportunity to "do" history and can be rich wells of inspiration for writing in Language Arts. Primary source analysis … Continue reading NCAIS 2014 Presentation