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 completelyContinue 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 worldContinue 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 difficultContinue 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, ourContinue 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 weContinue 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 thatContinue 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 theContinue reading “Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: May”

Anxiety’s Guide to Public Speaking

By guest blogger: Mirade Leigh           Some people have no problem speaking publicly. They can get up in front of a group of people, large or small, with confidence, without breaking a sweat; their hands do not shake; their face will not flush; they do not so much as stutter. If you are one ofContinue reading “Anxiety’s Guide to Public Speaking”

10 Things I Learned as a New Adjunct Teacher

This semester I taught two college composition classes at a community college. I started with 23 students in one class and 24 students in the other. Halfway into the semester, 7 students out of 47 just stopped coming to class. At the end of the semester, 5 students out of 47 earned A’s; 23 studentsContinue reading “10 Things I Learned as a New Adjunct Teacher”

The Faults in Our Education System: A Student’s Perspective

A Student’s Perspective. My students have a lot to say about the current education system. Instead of telling you how they feel, I decided to let them speak for themselves.  By Mariya Pinchuk In a world filled with radiant colors, the students remain black and white; their canvases stripped of all personalization. Confined between fourContinue reading “The Faults in Our Education System: A Student’s Perspective”