“Captain Trout” by Guest Blogger: Matthew Ferri

This is one of my favorite personal narratives from a talented student. One of the literary essays we read in College Composition is "Shooting an Elephant" by George Orwell. Matthew read that and remembered a similar event that has stuck with him. Here is his poignant story: Just about a year short of being a … Continue reading “Captain Trout” by Guest Blogger: Matthew Ferri

YouTube, Armor, and Winning the War

As some of you know, Ian has a YouTube channel (link). He’s been making and uploading videos since he was 7 years old. I have been monitoring his site. I get an email whenever someone comments on his videos, and then I delete and report anyone who makes a nasty comment. He’s been called names … Continue reading YouTube, Armor, and Winning the War

Friday Writing Challenge: I Miss High School

Prompt: Something you miss I miss high school—not my teenage years but the years I spent teaching high school English. A few weeks ago, I went to the local high school with my son to see his friends play a 10-minute exhibition game as the half-time entertainment for the boys’ basketball game. As soon as I … Continue reading Friday Writing Challenge: I Miss High School

Friday Writing Challenge: 10 Interesting Facts About Myself

This week's prompt: Ten interesting facts about yourself. I'm a first generation American, born from Macedonian immigrants. This fact, however, is not what makes it interesting. What is interesting is what I gleaned from my family and what I have tried to pass on to my children. My parents and grandparents experienced America in a completely … Continue reading Friday Writing Challenge: 10 Interesting Facts About Myself

The Philanthropic Experience: A Student’s Perspective

One of my current college composition student wrote a personal narrative essay that beautifully illustrates one of my ideas to reform education ( ). This is what I proposed in that post: The Philanthropic Experience For those students who don’t want to continue their formal education but aren’t ready to go out into the world … Continue reading The Philanthropic Experience: A Student’s Perspective

Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: February

What are the top ten ways that administrators can help new teachers avoid burning out? Mentors: New teachers need to pair up with master teachers so that they have mentors they can turn to for help. There are so many problems and issues new teachers face their first years of teaching that it is difficult … Continue reading Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: February

Friday Writing Challenge: My first kiss and first love

Writing Prompt: Your first love and first kiss; if separate, discuss both My first kiss: The sun was shining through the branches and leaves. His face was luminous and shadowy at the same time. Our faces were already close. The makeshift fort had just enough room for our young bodies to sit facing each other, our … Continue reading Friday Writing Challenge: My first kiss and first love

Friday Writing Challenge: Memories

Five childhood memories. 1968-ish: When I was about three or four (it was when we lived in our first house off Genesee Street), I remember playing with a little girl about my age at her house. I don't remember her name or much about the house itself, but I do remember coloring with her. After we … Continue reading Friday Writing Challenge: Memories

Friday Writing Challenge: Five Problems with Social Media

Writing is my exhale. I've realized I've been holding my breath for far too long. At least once a week I will exhale, which I hope leads to a healthier breathing pattern. I encourage you to join me, either share your writing on my blog through the comments or in your own forum, whatever that … Continue reading Friday Writing Challenge: Five Problems with Social Media

Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: May

What are the quick ways to combat teacher stress in a classroom? The problem with classroom stress is that it rarely comes from being in the classroom with the students. If teachers are experiencing stress with students, those teachers might need to rethink what they have chosen as a profession. I get rejuvenated in the … Continue reading Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: May