Start of the Year Time Saving Tips for Teachers: Read This During Your Next Meeting

This was originally posted a few years ago at the start of the school year. I think it works for the beginning of the actual year, too. A Cautionary Tale about Teacher Time Management Ms. Needtogetready had been working hard during the two days of “teacher instruction” leading up to the start of the new […]

Halloween Short Stories not by Edgar Allan Poe

I got this letter from a former student not long ago. Dear Former Teacher You may not remember me, but I was in your class many years ago. It was Halloween. I hated Halloween. But then you came up with awesome lesson plans involving Halloween short stories that didn’t involve Edgar Allan Poe. You see, […]

Teaching the Great Gatsby

There was music from my neighbor’s house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars. At high tide in the afternoon I watched his guests diving from the tower of his raft, or taking the sun on the […]