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 […]

On Good Grief, Resilience, & Empowerment

August 9, 2022

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“What happens when I use Good Grief Network’s 10 Steps to do the griefwork I’m facing after the deaths of my sisters?”

Bright-Sided Complete Found Poem Series

August 4, 2022

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The complete Bright-Sided found poem series in one document.

Good Grief: Make Meaningful Efforts

August 4, 2022

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Step 10: Make Meaningful Efforts in Good Grief Network‘s 10-Steps to Personal Resilience & Empowerment in a Chaotic Climate

Good Grief: Show Up

July 27, 2022

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The journey to healing begins when we show up.

Good Grief: Grieving Harm I Cause

July 20, 2022

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When we cause others pain, we should acknowledge it, do what can be done to heal the wounds we have caused, and seek to minimize harm going forward.

Good Grief: Breaks & Rest

July 15, 2022

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The demands of life can make us feel like we can't take breaks, but we MUST do so to maintain our health.

Good Grief: Gratitude, Beauty, & Connection

June 29, 2022

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Step 6 in Good Grief Network‘s 10-Steps to Personal Resilience & Empowerment in a Chaotic Climate

I Wrote a Book! Here It Is!

June 27, 2022

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Write Outside Book Release!

The Dark Side of the Bright Side #9

June 12, 2022

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The final poem in the series of found poems inspired by Barbara Ehrenreich's book, Bright-Sided.

The Dark Side of the Bright Side #8

June 9, 2022

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How Positive Thinking Destroyed the Economy