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THIS IS US

Florida fell and I did nothing to stop it

I asked my English 101 class the other day, “If a billionaire supported you for the rest of your life, what career would you choose? Also, if you don’t choose a career, this support disappears.”

ME: In other words, if money wasn’t in the way, what would you do?

STUDENTS

As a creative writing teacher, I wage a daily battle against boring poems

I love teaching Introduction to Creative Writing. It’s a wonderful triathlon: We start with fiction, then move on to poetry, and lastly we write stories from our lives. …

This Is Us

My conscience wouldn’t let me quit. But then the choice was made for me.

A smiling teacher sitting on a small couch under a pile of students who are hugging them.

Let me get this out of the way: I didn’t want to go back.

I didn’t want to return to in-person school for a myriad of reasons, but the first few are what I consider “personal.” I have asthma and suffer from ear, nose, and throat allergies year-round. …

Logic dictates ‘this or that,’ but real life begs for nuance

I have always had a hard time with both and neither. It’s either on or off. We’re friends or we’re not. I love it or I don’t. I’m all in or completely out.

I don’t know how to have acquaintances. People are friends, hope-to-be friends, or I-feel-bad-we’re-not-closer friends. But not…

It’s time to shatter the false promise of declaring any space ‘safe’

Sitting in circle with me are 36 other human beings, a new cohort of facilitation students. I have been creating, designing, and facilitating learning spaces for 20 years, and now I’m learning how to teach university students to do the same.

We are embarking on a two-semester journey to learn…

These words came out of my mouth several times this week.

“I wish I didn’t want to be a teacher.”

This weekend, I went to a brunch with one of my favorite momma friends and a couple of her employees. She is a wonderful boss of a wonderful…

Code Red Drills. As educators, we’ve all been through them. They have always been an eerie part of our routine. After all, high schools aren’t supposed to be that dark. They aren’t supposed to be that quiet.

I remember the drills as being thought-provoking inconveniences. What if an…

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