November 5, 2019

I thought I had it all figured out.

I thought I planned everything and had everything in place.

I thought this time it would go perfect.

But I thought wrong.

My teacher candidates in my Methods course are always full of stress and anxiety and emotions....

August 9, 2019

I am a huge proponent of reading and literacy and not just because I’m an English teacher. 

Even before I realized I was a teacher, I loved to read.  Come to think of it, I loved to read before I was even a student.  (Thanks, Mom!)  As a young child I...

August 7, 2019


Okay.  You’re back, so that must mean you took my advice and watched the four episodes on Netflix (and hopefully the Oprah special afterwards as well).  So now you see why I used all c...

August 6, 2019

Stolen from the internet and revised for more academic purposes—  

If you (or someone you know / work with / work for) needs this, SHARE IT! 

May 6, 2019

“Is this session going to be interactive?”

My colleagues and I were in the process of rearranging the conference room from the traditional arrangement of chairs-in-rows in order to give the room the feeling of a black-box stage when she asked the ques...

March 19, 2019

People are literally thanking God that the work week is over. How sad is that?

December 31, 2018

It’s almost 2019, which means it’s time for a flood of Best of 2018 and Top 5 of 2018 and What’s New in 2019? posts and articles.  While many of those are “fluff” pieces to fill space, reflection can be a very useful way to learn about ourselves.  I...

August 3, 2018

I have officially been hired as an Assistant Professor of Secondary Education at Alabama A+M University! 

More on this soon! 

May 15, 2018

I don't usually give my students a final.

Tests and exams and quizzes do not really fit my stance as a teacher.

That is not to say I do not give final assessments to my classes.

Projects are more my style.  Some of these are academic papers, but most ar...

April 20, 2018

This is the time of year when the anxiety level with my pre-service teachers and teacher candidates are at an all-time high.  Some are close to being finished with students teaching and others are wrapping up the last of their coursework.  In both ca...

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