Growing up in California, it was natural for schools to prepare students for earthquakes, fires, and El Niño floods. These were things beyond the control of any administration, in school, or within the White House. You can't control nature, but you can know how to survive this kind of disaster. And then came Columbine, Virginia … Continue reading This is Not a Drill: America Needs Gun Control
Leon Husock, an associate agent at L. Perkins Agency, offered this thoughtful Tweet: "Pop culture references in YA are tricky, tricky things. Teens these days probably aren't watching/listening to what you're watching/listening to, and they almost certainly aren't consuming the stuff you did when you were a teen." As an educator, writer of and a … Continue reading Does Pop Culture Belong in YA?
I am an INFP – which, according to 16Personalities means: "Unlike their Extraverted cousins though, INFPs will focus their attention on just a few people, a single worthy cause – spread too thinly, they’ll run out of energy, and even become dejected and overwhelmed by all the bad in the world that they can’t fix." … Continue reading Misconceptions of Student-Centered Learning
Every morning I wake up and read the small sign above my alarm clock: "One small, positive thought in the morning can change your whole day." But the first thing I usually think, especially after looking at email and social media notifications praising my work or my teaching abilities is: Today will be the day … Continue reading Coping with Imposter Syndrome