Reaching Out, Giving Hope: Mentoring Across the Generations

August 7, 2015

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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

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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

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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 […]

Mythic Transformation Through Dramatic Play

March 26, 2017

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It is inevitable. As soon as the applause ends, I’ll hear an excited teen voice shout, “ms. eddy, when do we get to do skits again?”

Kitchen Witchery

March 18, 2017

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I am remembering who I am, where I come from, what I love, and what makes life worth living.

Going Public with Teacher Research

February 4, 2017

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By considering the following questions, I take my research from page to stage.

Book Review of The Mindful Teen by Dzung X. Vo, MD

January 31, 2017

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Mindfulness practices help my students cultivate self-awareness, self-compassion, & self-control, which in turn help them be more successful academically and socially, so that we may truly be a caring circle of friends.

Mindfulness in Context: English Language Arts

January 29, 2017

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The core practice is simply focused deep breathing.

2017 Reader’s Journal & Invitation

January 17, 2017

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I’m joining my colleagues  in education who keep track of their reading, like Beth Shaum, and Kevin English. I don’t think I’ll be able to read 500 books per year, but I do have a rich reading life that shapes my thinking, my behavior, and my professional and personal life. As a Literature teacher, I’m […]

Throwback Talking Circle

January 16, 2017

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In 1998, my eleventh grade American Literature class discussed the literature of the Transcendentalists, Emerson and Thoreau, and the connections they made between the authors' thinking and their own.