I keep seeing posts about not buying a 2020 planner, and a good one yesterday was, “I’m not buying a 2021 planner until I see the trailer.” I thought that was hilarious, but so true. Then I thought about it as I looked through my 2020 planner, collecting dust on my desk. There are still… Continue reading Are You Teaching in 2020?
I am beyond thrilled to have made it to the student teaching phase of my education. For those of you who don’t know, I am earning my Masters in Teaching Secondary English. I’ve been working on my degree since June of 2019. Little did I know just how different the world would be when I… Continue reading Student Teaching amid a Pandemic (part 1)
I’ve always loved the first few days back at school. I still remember how excited I felt picking out my “first day of school” outfit, shopping for shoes… The butterflies that first morning… Now, as a parent of two middle schoolers, I get to experience those feelings with my own kids. And as a teacher… Continue reading This is it! The Big Sale is Here!
Are you staring down the barren hallway of another school year (or semester) spent distance teaching? If we try to look on the bright side, at least this time we’ve had a little chance to prepare – sort of. I remember way, waaaay back in April thinking our extended spring break felt like it would… Continue reading Distance Learning… Again?
Looking to introduce your students to the genre of horror this year? W. W. Jacobs’ “The Monkey’s Paw” is fantastic intro to this genre. This story includes a number of literary devices, easy to follow story structure, and just the right amount of suspense. The complete, ready-to-go lesson is available in my Teachers Pay Teachers… Continue reading The Monkey’s Paw
Feminism and the rise of comic books have been butting rhetorical heads for over half a century, but perhaps circumstances have finally turned a corner. Is it possible storylines have transitioned from super-sexism to superheroes? Is the overwhelming flood of these CGI-enhanced pop culture icons substantially helping or infallibly hurting the modern rhetoric of gender… Continue reading The Storyline of a New Decade
Hello! If you’re like me, these have not been the easiest few months. With two middle schoolers suddenly schooling from home, while I am earning my Masters from home, and while hubby is working from home is a recipe for all kinds of not fun. I decided to visit my elderly father a few states… Continue reading Coping with the School Year from …
I honestly don’t know where to begin. It’s clear to me, now that I’ve read her first book in the High Heels series, why Gemma Halliday has raked in numerous awards and extensive praise for this series as well as her others. She crafted the perfect cocktail of romance, suspense, mystery, and humor. The characters… Continue reading Book Review: Spying in High Heels
Moe’s Books What is it about that aroma of paper and ink that makes bookstores so incredibly inviting? The shelves filled with endless wonders, far off lands, historical significance, all entice us to explore what each unique bookstore has to offer. This month, our focus is on one incredibly special independent bookstore, Moe’s Books in… Continue reading Bookstore of the Month
I don’t think my kids are going back to school this year… How about you? I wouldn’t say that I’m freaking out, but “thrilled” is not the word I would use either. I love my kids of course! And it has actually been nice (and undramatic) spending as much time together as we have been.… Continue reading Navigating the New Normal
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