Drinking while Reading

It’s mid September, I keep reminding myself. Mid September, but I feel like yesterday was the first day of school. The last month has flown by… one could say that this year is already kicking my ass, but I feel great! I love my classes, I don’t feel like it’s too much. I’m just busy!…

Something wicked this way comes

I am now over halfway done with Macbeth and was pleased to recognize these lines: As an ardent Harry Potter fan, I was tickled to hear many of these lines in the movie version of The Prisoner of Azkaban: I cannot wait to get to this section with my class next semester so I can show them this Harry…

What I am reading…

Macbeth has been on my to-read list for almost two decades now and I wasn’t getting any closer to reading it… …so I decided I’ll teach it next semester, which will force me to get it read before Christmas. I enjoy the way I think, too 😉

The best analogy

If you’re a parent or a teacher (like me), then you know this is conference season. Our school’s were yesterday and today. Each year, my conferences are punctuated by some kind of poignant or hilarious moment. Today’s was interrupted by the fire alarm being pulled (yep, totally had to evacuate the school and stand out in…

Of Mice and Men

Tomorrow we’re reading chapter 6 of “Of Mice and Men.” If you know what that means, then you know how my class will feel come mid-morning. I chose Of Mice and Men because I convinced myself of two things: that I’d read the book before and that I’d taught the book before. A few weeks…

Red Head Problems

Student: Miss, are you Irish? Me: Um, maybe a little… Student: OK (and goes back to reading whatever he had pulled up on the internet). Me: Why do you ask? Student: Because of your hair. Me: Sweetie, this is not my natural color… Student: Really?! Me: Featured Image Credit: a selfie I had to take,…

What I am reading…

New quarter, new unit, new reading material! I found a facsimile of The Strand version and am loving every minute of it! The Hound of the Baskervilles has always been my favorite Sherlock Holmes mystery–I’ve seen so many versions of it! But I had no idea I’d never read the entire story. Remedying that now as we…

WTF Kansas?!

I’m sure you already know what’s going on… but just in case you haven’t heard: Here in Kansas, we’re clearly all about education… New York Times:  Court Gives Deadline to Fix Kansas School Financing The Kansas Supreme Court on Thursday gave the state until June 30 to fix its system of financing public schools, or face…

An Oklahoma Teacher’s Open Letter to Voters and Lawmakers

This. Share this. Share the ever-loving shit out of this. If you’re a parent, BE INVOLVED and KNOW YOUR RIGHTS (you have more than you know). If you’re not a parent or never plan to be a parent, THIS STILL RELATES TO YOU! These children are a part of the society you live in. If…

Why I teach…

Because former students give me their old Literature books! ❤

Juanito

Visiting a former student in the hospital is hard. Seeing him all crumpled, covered in tubes and bandages is a shock. Watching his father struggle with his grief and desperately hold on to hope makes it impossible not to clasp him in clutching hug, weeping together. https://www.gofundme.com/mc6jcb5c