Category Archives: Letters to My Students

With the dramatic changes being made to education, I may not be allowed to have these random lessons or life talks with my students anymore; they don’t fit in with any core curriculum standards. They are important nonetheless.
If I can’t speak to their hearts while educating their minds, I feel like I will only be half a teacher. In order to avoid that at all costs, I’ve created a new category on my blog: Letters to My Students. It is for all my former, present, and future students; for all of those students I never had the pleasure of teaching; for anyone who needed a teacher who wasn’t afraid to talk about matters of the heart.
Each letter will address issues in my students’ lives that I’ve noticed and couldn’t turn a blind eye to: choices that were hurting them, questions they’ve asked me, pain they’ve shared with me–things I know that countless others were too afraid to talk to anyone about.

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 … Continue reading

Posted in A Student's Perspective, Guest Blogger, Letters to My Students, Pauline's Soap Box, The Moments of Impact, Uncommon Core | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Advice For Parents, Favorite Movies, Friday Writing Challenge, Letters to My Students, Pauline's Soap Box | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Education Reformation, Letters to My Students, To Be or Not To Be...A Teacher, Uncommon Core | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Education Reformation, Letters to My Students, Pauline's Soap Box | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Do you know who you were created to be?

With the dramatic changes being made to education, I may not be allowed to have these random lessons or life talks with my students anymore; they don’t fit in with any core curriculum standards. They are important nonetheless. If I … Continue reading

Posted in Letters I Need to Write, Letters to My Students | Tagged , | 5 Comments