Truth and Consequence

If, like me, you are a sexual assault survivor, you are struggling right now. Dr. Ford’s testimony was more than one woman’s story; it was a testament to what so many women have experienced and hidden for most of their lives. I have similar stories in my life—so many traumatic stories that when the movement … Continue reading Truth and Consequence

Choose to be Teachers and Students

My daughter and son-in-law asked me to speak at their wedding. I was honored but also hesitant--what could I, of all people in their lives, say about marriage? The only thing I know without a doubt. With their permission, here's my speech: As we gather to celebrate your journey together, I want to share with … Continue reading Choose to be Teachers and Students

Guest Blogger: Letter to President-elect Trump

For their Critical Thinking final, my students had to write a letter to President-elect Trump or to their generation. CJ's Letter to President-elect Trump is insightful and unbiased (in my biased opinion?). He eloquently expresses what is at the heart of our fears and hopes with Trump's election. I think the most beautiful part of this … Continue reading Guest Blogger: Letter to President-elect Trump

Guest Blogger: Letter to Millennials

As a college writing teacher, I have the pleasure of helping my students discover their writing voice and their passions in life. Every once and a while I will read an essay that I need to post on my blog because it lines up with my goals, which is to help people find their own healthy … Continue reading Guest Blogger: Letter to Millennials

The Problem with Choice

I know too many people who are not educators (and some who are) that are in favor of the choice movement in education. The biggest reason people want choice is to improve the education for their own children and then create competition so that other schools will be forced to improve or shut down. Unfortunately, … Continue reading The Problem with Choice

Friday Writing Challenge: A Favorite Movie

Inside Out I know. This is a Wednesday, but when I started writing about Inside Out last Friday, I realized this movie was a post I needed to write about, not for writing practice, but to explore why it impacted me so profoundly. When I taught American Literature, I told my students that we study … Continue reading Friday Writing Challenge: A Favorite Movie

Uncommon Core Book Reading: Chapter 19

On August 24, 2015, I read Chapter 19: Teach Them How to Be Happy from Uncommon Core: 25 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in a Cookie Cutter Educational System at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, NH. To purchase Uncommon Core, go to WordCrafts Press or Amazon. To schedule a book reading, speaking engagement, or interview contact … Continue reading Uncommon Core Book Reading: Chapter 19

Opt-out Letter 2015

March 23, 2015 Dear New Hampshire School District, I am refusing to allow my child, Ian Hawkins, to take Smarter Balanced assessment, the Science NECAP, or any other state standardized tests. I believe that my child’s educational progress can best be measured using his daily school work and regular classroom testing. According to the U.S … Continue reading Opt-out Letter 2015

Picking Favorites

I have had students in high school accuse me of picking favorites. At that age, it's understandable that they would have difficulties with the way the world works. They are still young and look at how unfair everything is--a fact they can't seem to accept. Therefore, when they see a teacher showing perceived favoritism to someone, they … Continue reading Picking Favorites

My Journey into the Spotlight

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. My Resignation Letter went viral through Facebook and Twitter. Within two days of posting the letter on my blog, the Gazette contacted me for an interview; then, KKTV 11 News asked for an interview, followed by Fox News America's Newsroom before the week was over. A number of radio … Continue reading My Journey into the Spotlight