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Illuminations

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“How has remote teaching changed you as a teacher?” my principal asked. Like a good educator, this question came at the end of our discussion. He had already walked me through guiding questions that he knew would churn up a

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“Keep Moving”

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In August of 2016, I made the choice to “come home” after 7 years in Orlando, Florida. I crammed what I could into a Honda Civic, gave away my remaining IKEA furniture, and began a solo mission driving across the

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Super Market Teach

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Petrified, I hover in aisle 7 waiting for a crowd to leave aisle 8. Aisle 8 may contain my last item on my grocery list, but it also contains 7 other adults — one of whom is wearing a mask

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A Most Excellent Antidote

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In any October that is not 2020, I, along with countless other Americans, will line up to enter haunted houses. We line up to walk through a land of make-believe. It heightens our senses, brings us a sense of whimsy,

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Scaffolding across the Digital Divide

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Somehow, someway, this semester my students will study the words of W.E.B. Du Bois, Ray Bradbury, William Shakespeare, Octavia Butler, John Updike, and depending on time, a smattering of other poets. But first, we’re studying The Carebears. 9th grade honors

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A Different Journey

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Aside from our flawless taste in beauty products, and our affinity for yellow diamonds, famed lyricist Rihanna and I have one more thing in common: “We found love in a hopeless place.” Anyone reading this blog needs no exposition nor

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Fill The Void

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After a year-end presentation, I remember my AP government teacher chuckling and sighing “you’re either going to be an unctuous politician, or a wonderful, sincere teacher one day — could go either way.” I remember this back-handed compliment for reasons

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Get your goggles. We have a flood.

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Coughing. Gasping. Thrashing through rapids. With unexpected waves drudging rocks, sludge, and debry down upon a once placid lake, a well-prepared swimmer would panic. Nose plugs, goggles, and a swim cap do nothing to prevent the swirling catastrophe closing in.

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