Thanks to That Odd Mom for publishing my rant on projects!

https://thatoddmom.com/the-7-stages-of-my-kids-got-a-project-hell-ccf010ceecd9 The 7 stages of “my kid has got a project” hell. In Dante’s Inferno, he outlines nine layers of hell. In parenting, there are 7 stages of a different type of hell: school project hell. My  three faithful readers (thanks, mom-in-law!) know that I am a teacher. Teachers assign projects. Over the twenty-two years of my... Continue Reading →

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The 7 Stages of “my kid has got a project” HELL

In Dante’s Inferno, he outlines nine layers of hell. In parenting, there are 7 stages of a different type of hell: school project hell. My kid’s Science project. My three faithful readers (thanks, mom-in-law!), know that I am a teacher. Teachers give projects. Over the twenty-two years of my career, I have assigned small, medium, and... Continue Reading →

Why the title: Teaching in Trump’s America?

Place, time, and history. After recently asking a colleague to write about a wonderful teaching technique he employs, he told me that Teaching in Trump’s America was too political for him to be involved with during this time in his career. I respect this person’s views. I can understand why many teachers are historically reluctant... Continue Reading →

Post Traumatic Trump Syndrome (PTTS)

http://ptsdchat.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Donald-Trump-says-some-veterans-are-not-strong-enough-to-handle-the-mental-health-damage-from-war.jpg A quiet news cycle makes me nervous. I have a problem. No, I am not a snowflake. No, I am not “triggered,” and, no, I don’t need a therapy animal. What I am is a white, middle-class, middle-aged woman who is anxious. My anxiety has a name, maybe you suffer from it as well?... Continue Reading →

Dear Congressman John Katko:

A teacher’s report card. Dear Congressman John Katko: You represent the 24th Congressional district, which includes the counties of Cayuga and Onondaga — counties where I live and teach, respectively. In November, many of my colleagues crossed over the blue line and decided to vote you into your second term. I too crossed party lines.... Continue Reading →

Staff Development Daze

And other educational myths. Teachers are the worst students, especially on staff development days. Teachers often chat with one another, grade papers, work on their laptops, and play on their phones during presentations. Teachers often joke that they should wear a button to work that reads: “I would rather be teaching.” The snarky attitudes and... Continue Reading →

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