They taught me how to write goals and objectives. You identified static and dynamic characters with 100% accuracy. They told me I needed to be engaging. I used music, movies, and humor . . . Oh the guffaws that filled the room when Abigail Williams became Abitramp. They said hands-on experiences are best. I took you … Continue reading They never told me . . .
My teaching assistant this semester is a student I had as a sophomore who returned to "help" me during her senior spring. Mind you, this is the same student who said I should have a reality TV show and call it "Hell's English." I love this kid. Seriously. I do. Last week, she came into … Continue reading Slice of Life 12: Do You Have Any Advice?
We just got home from watching my oldest son’s first basketball playoff game. And although the team of 11- and 12-year-olds only had one win this entire season, they come home tonight victors. The final score was 34-20. Watching any of the boys’ games—whether it’s basketball, soccer, and especially baseball—is excruciating. The suspense is almost … Continue reading Slice of Life 10: Basketball Diaries
When Tricia asked me to join our Slices of Life blog, I was a little panicked. I have never written a blog before and worried Where do I start? I'm going to start with a memory, a Facebook reflection first posted on July 12, 2014 and a confession. Confession: This memory makes me sound pretty … Continue reading Slices of Life 9: Starting with the Memory of Raising a Reader
On this International Women's Day, I finished reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's new book Dear Ijeawele, Or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions. The book is structured as a letter to Adichie's friend who asked her how she could raise her young daughter to be a feminist. I wrote a bit about my thoughts on just the … Continue reading Slice of Life 8: Fifteen suggestions
New York City is a flavorful, eclectic, and a vibrant city. There are two perceptions people have about NYC...they love it or they hate it? After living in NYC for 16 years, I still don’t call myself a New Yorker, but I do love living here. I’m not sure exactly why I have yet to … Continue reading Unexpected Acts of Kindness
Wylie has chosen the song she will play for her violin recital in a few weeks, and she feels so incredibly proud that her teacher agreed she was ready to perform it. At the beginning of her lesson, her teacher Carlough asked Wylie, “Did you know that this song is actually a story about a … Continue reading Violin Lessons or Life Lessons?
In the mail today came my latest Amazon book purchase. It's actually a bit of surprise every time I open an Amazon box: I either forget what I've purchased because I've purchased so many things, or I've purchased so many things I don't know which of the many things is in this box. Read on.
“I sometimes find, and I am sure you know the feeling, that I simply have too many thoughts and memories crammed into my mind.” – Albus Dumbledore Perhaps because I’ve just returned from a trip to Orlando and Universal Studios’ Harry Potter World – a Hogwarts full-immersion with my two daughters and family friends – … Continue reading Dumbledore and the Dons
My six-year-old has been extra afraid lately. Last week, in broad daylight, as we were sitting in the family room together, he hurried and plopped next to me on the sofa. Something spooked him. Read on.