My dad won’t be pleased that I’m writing about him, but as he gave the Veterans Day Speech at the school where I am an English teacher and his grandchildren are students, he doesn’t have much of a choice. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the Lin-Wood School community does Veterans Day… Continue reading Honoring Veterans Today and Every Day
I’ve been reading a lot of powerful “Me Too” moments which have gone viral since this weekend in reaction to the sexual harassment claims against Harvey Weinstein himself and the Harvey Weinsteins of the world. I almost chose not to share my own three “Me Too” moments based on an interesting article by the… Continue reading “Me Too” Memories
Hard to imagine our ancestors thinking, “How dare we give women the right to vote? Hard to imagine brains who were shocked and awed by this appalling concept. Hard to imagine there was a time when people fought hard to prevent women from voting. Not just a few people either– the majority of folks in… Continue reading August 26, 1920: Giving Women the Right to Vote? How Dare you!
So, as a teacher in a small town, I generally tread carefully with social media, trying to model for my high school students the power of words– when to use our strongest language and when we should just listen. This is one of those times when helping our kiddos to articulate what makes them… Continue reading Thinking of You, Charlottesville, With Both Hope and Humanity
Our kids believe we have today off from school and work due to what they’ve been calling “Memory Day” which is not entirely inaccurate. Memory is very close to memorial only without the heaviness of life loss. Memorial Day is when we pause, reflect, and remember those whose lives have been sacrificed so that we… Continue reading Honoring “Memory Day”
It’s not every day U.S. Senator and former N.H. Governor Jeanne Shaheen comes to Lin-Wood School. Just two weeks ago, Senator Shaheen introduced new legislation to Congress aimed at preventing opioid misuse among students and student athletes. Today, she facilitated a panel discussion with other leaders in prevention including our own Nick Nelson (check out… Continue reading U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen Introduces New Prevention Legislation for Students : Stemming the Flow of Addiction
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