Questions about my Animal Farm Social Experiment

It’s interesting how many teachers email me about a post I wrote six years ago, Animal Farm Lessons. People can read it at HuffPost or in my book Uncommon Core, so it’s easy to find it if they are looking for lesson plans for Animal Farm. Today, I spent some time answering these questions: 1.Continue reading “Questions about my Animal Farm Social Experiment”

Episode 76: UNH Non-renewal Update with Cindy Pulkkinen

December 23, 2018 All In with Pauline Hawkins Cindy Pulkkinen was a Principal Lecturer at UNH, and taught English as a Second Language until May 2018, when her contract was not renewed along with 16 other lecturers. Cindy gives us an update on the non-renewal lecturers and talks about the difficulties of getting a full-timeContinue reading “Episode 76: UNH Non-renewal Update with Cindy Pulkkinen”

Episode 42: UNH Lecturers with Sarah Hirsch and Cindy Pulkkinen

March 6, 2018 All In with Pauline Hawkins Sarah Hirsch and Cindy Pulkkinen are two of the 17 UNH lecturers who received non-renewal notices by mail in January. Everything about it was mishandled. Sarah and Cindy have dedicated much of their lives to UNH and their students. Once a month, I like to discuss issuesContinue reading “Episode 42: UNH Lecturers with Sarah Hirsch and Cindy Pulkkinen”

Episode 37: Self-Directed Learners with Madison Person, Jack Tykodi, and Diane Murphy

January 30, 2018 All In with Pauline Hawkins Madison Person, Jack Tykodi, and Diane Murphy talk about self-directed learning and the BigFish Learning Community in Dover. Madison and Jack talk about why they joined the self-directed education movement and how they are taking charge of their own learning. Three songs that would be on theContinue reading “Episode 37: Self-Directed Learners with Madison Person, Jack Tykodi, and Diane Murphy”

Episode 32: Higher Education with Molly Campbell, Catherine Moran, and Larry Beemer

December 19, 2017 All In with Pauline Hawkins Molly Campbell, Catherine Moran, and Larry Beemer, Lecturers at UNH, talk about some of the issues with higher education. Some of the topics we discuss are the “adjunctification” of higher education and the growth of the use of contingent faculty, the workload and working conditions of theContinue reading “Episode 32: Higher Education with Molly Campbell, Catherine Moran, and Larry Beemer”

My Resignation Letter

Dear Administrators, Superintendent, et al.: This is my official resignation letter from my English teaching position. I’m sad to be leaving a place that has meant so much to me. This was my first teaching job. For eleven years I taught in these classrooms, I walked these halls, and I befriended colleagues, students, and parents alike. ThisContinue reading “My Resignation Letter”