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#thankateacher From One Teacher to Another: May You Always Feel Appreciated

Friends sometimes ask what is the best way to appreciate a teacher.   But requiring or encouraging society to thank a teacher is a little like forcing your child to apologize when he or she isn’t ready to say “sorry.”  Ideally, as teachers, we would love for our students to understand that our work at school… Continue reading #thankateacher From One Teacher to Another: May You Always Feel Appreciated

Books · Education · Growing Up New Hampshire · Politics Aside

The Time a Parent Accused Me, a Teacher, of “Raping” with Reading

As a 23 year old teacher long ago, in a school district far from here, accused by a local minister of “raping” a young man of his innocence, we imagine the worst.  We imagine a teacher who has sent inappropriate photos or messages to a student she is responsible for professionally. What we don’t imagine… Continue reading The Time a Parent Accused Me, a Teacher, of “Raping” with Reading

Books · True North

My Gift for You Today: Non-Election- Related Light Reading

November is National Novel Writing Month– who knew?  So, I find it apropos that this month is the one year anniversary of True North having arrived on my doorstep in ACTUAL book form courtesy of our fabulous UPS man, Ted Russell, and AuthorHouse Publishing.  Four times of year, I receive a report from their marketing… Continue reading My Gift for You Today: Non-Election- Related Light Reading

Books · Education

#YesToGirls: September 11, Fifteen Years Later

I use #hashtag technology sparingly, mostly because I find reading them really annoying as an English teacher.  However, I’ve fully embraced three so far in my life as a marketing blogger; they include #endpianoviolence, #WeAreAllSportsFans, and now this one #YesToGirls, a recent push by the Malala Fund (www.malala.org) to remind presidents and prime ministers everywhere… Continue reading #YesToGirls: September 11, Fifteen Years Later

Books · Education · True North

A New School Year: the Trouble and Triumph of Transition

Let’s talk about this picture.  I’m honored, truly, to have been brought along to college in any way, shape, or form.  But then to be placed lovingly and respectfully next to a book about Obama and a leather bound journal TO WRITE IN with some newly sharpened old school, hard core pencils is just plain… Continue reading A New School Year: the Trouble and Triumph of Transition

Books · Education · Family life · Growing Up New Hampshire

In Honor of Great Coaches…

Abraham Lincoln once penned a note to the world regarding his young son beginning school:  “Teach him, gently, World, but don’t coddle him, because only the test of fire makes fine steel.” I am grateful to have had the Merrimack Youth Association, travel soccer leagues, and truly incredible coaches from recreation straight through college.  But… Continue reading In Honor of Great Coaches…