CARE-GIVER

It was Billie's 90th birthday party and we drove over 200 miles each way to attend. I have known her since 1969, but Gary has known her longer and she remembers him with great fondness. Back when I met her, Billie's hair was a curly mass of mostly-gray tied into pigtails. She was the picture [...]

WHY TEACH?

There is a long tradition of public service in my family, and perhaps that's why. I scored a dozen essays yesterday and my students will all be disappointed with their grades. They wrote better essays in two weeks than they did in two months just last fall. They haven't thought much about that yet, but [...]

WHY YOU DON’T WANT TO BECOME A TEACHER

Snow fell off and on a couple of weeks ago. On the coast we understand a few feet of rain better than a few inches of snow. On a Monday school was closed. This happened in 2011 too, but back then it was on a Thursday. I had stayed till 7pm the night before, watching [...]

WHAT THEY NEVER TOLD US

I taught high school beginning in 1976, and except when my sons were little, I taught in private and then public schools until I almost-retired a few years ago. I am grateful forever that I fell into teaching, that I was honored to know and work with thousands of people, many of whom remain my [...]

TEACHERS AS STUDENTS

A message arrived this morning via email with the image above and the headline below: Why Teachers Make the Worst Students As a snarky high school teacher, here’s what I came up with: Teachers don’t make great students. The author offers a list of reasons teachers are bad students and she is pretty much spot [...]

“Weak as women’s magic”

I am a feminist deep down into my gut. I inherited my respect for women from both of my parents and from self-respect, and from my own experience that men and woman are more alike than different and equally deserving of respect as human beings. When I began seriously reading fantasy and science fiction as [...]