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 […]

Parents Behaving Badly: Censorship

May 22, 2020


Parents who tried to censor texts in IB courses seemed to reject the central tenets of the program.

10 Reasons Why I’m Not a Christian

May 21, 2020


My passion for study made me aware of the BAD IDEAS upon which the religion stands...

Youth Narratives Matter

May 20, 2020


I pledge to be intentional in my words when I speak to or about young people.

Visual Literacy: Earthrise

May 19, 2020


The truth is in a photograph: the earth from outer space.

Rainy Day Ramble in 4 Photos

May 18, 2020


"Each moment of the year has its own beauty,"

Ask Where I’m A Local 

May 15, 2020


History is real. Cultures are real,  but countries are invented.

Death, Anxiety, & the Wisdom of Watts

May 14, 2020


After about a year of practicing the faith, anxiety, depression, nightmares, and night terrors became my nightly reality.