Reaching Out, Giving Hope: Mentoring Across the Generations

August 7, 2015


A few months ago, I started seeing teachers posting anecdotes online under the title, “Evaluate This!” in response to the current practice of evaluating teachers, even those who don’t teach in tested subjects, on the standardized (English and Math) test scores of students. Teachers and students are so much more than data points, and test […]

Back to the Roots: A Tribute to Cathy Fleischer, PhD.

July 19, 2015


There is one teacher in my life who has played a tremendous role in my education, for she has been my teacher for over 20 years. When I was an undergrad in English Education at Eastern Michigan University, I had the great good fortune to have been scheduled into an English Methods class taught by […]

This Is Our Story: The Maples of A125

July 19, 2015


June 2014 It’s 12:35 on my 3rd day of summer break. I’m at school. I’m interviewing students, listening, trying to find out what kind of experiences they’ve had in my classroom, looking back at twenty years of teaching Adrian Maples. I’ve decided to start writing about it–a memoir–in parts–on a blog. I am so happy […]

Citizen Teacher on Hiatus

August 14, 2020


It's still summer, but I've had a fall.

Posted in: Wellness

The Value of An Education

August 5, 2020


Do local educational institutions' responses to the pandemic illustrate a commitment to science education and public health?

Public Health Requires Remote Learning

August 4, 2020


Which data suggests that re-opening local schools is safe?

Lughnasadh Sunrise

August 3, 2020


It is said that the ancient Celts celebrated Lughnasadh–the first harvest holiday– on August 1. Lugh is the Celtic god of light and the male deity associated with the holiday; Grainne is the female deity. I celebrated Lughnasadh by witnessing a breath-taking sunrise, baking bread to celebrate the grains, weeding the garden, and sleeping in […]

Let’s Be Friendly Atheist Demon Buddies

August 2, 2020


Good Sunday Morning, Freethinking Friends! Welcome to the Sunday Service. I hope you are in good health and in good spirits on this fine day. Today’s text is the video that resulted when Friendly Atheist, Hemant Mehta “asked State Sen. Jason Rapert a simple question. He couldn’t handle it.” See Rapert’s outrageous, unprofessional, and uncivil […]

‘Rona Time & Harvest Time

July 30, 2020


I realize that August is at the door, with arms full of produce.

S. Kubrick: An Accomplished Archivist!

July 29, 2020


I've just learned that Stanley Kubrick assembled an amazing archive over the course of his career.

Scattered and Blue, Troubled In Mind

July 28, 2020


I struggle for words, for an idea.

The Struggle of a Lifetime: Good Trouble

July 27, 2020


I will keep hope alive. There’s work to be done.

In Loving Memory: John Lewis

July 26, 2020


Remembering a great American freedom fighter, John Lewis.