What do you wish teachers knew about your chronic illness?

CALLING ALL CHRONICALLY ILL STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES! I was a high school English teacher before a severe lupus (a chronic autoimmune disease) flare took me down. Now I help students and their teachers understand each other and find useful strategies… Read More

I Don’t Say This Lightly

One of the negative sides of being an English teacher is that I have to force kids to write. Sentences, paragraphs, essays, research papers… even poems, and most kids fight it the whole way.  Every now and then,… Read More

There is Risk Here

The persistent supervision of every Who, what, when, and where in my lifeIs not akin to a juggler keeping balls in the air.My son,My daughter,The students I govern each day,They are the matter I endeavor to keep aloft.Balls… Read More

It’s Painful to Watch You Sometimes

*** It’s painful to watch you sometimes, Muzzled by hormones and contrived, impossible images That teach you to shine by conforming and hiding your light. Your minds whirl while you wonder what they think You think About yourself…. Read More

Lies I’ve Been Told Lately

(Original post date: Thursday, February 14, 2008) I wrote the essay but my dog ate my jump drive. We’ll be there between 9 and 12. I already cleaned my room. You said I could. Our classes are heterogeneously… Read More

Wiki Update and More

(Original post date: Friday, November 30, 2007) Okay, so the wiki assignments I set up for my students didn’t go exactly as I’d envisioned. I don’t know why I thought that anything would run smoothly when I added… Read More