Hey Freshmen, listen up to this voice. 

(via learnhowtoadult)

"I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.’"

Toni Morrison (via algandarsmanor)

(Source: thisislove, via hipsterenglishteacher)

When checking homework today I realized that so many of my students do their homework that it makes more sense to mark the ones who don’t do it on my clipboard instead of the ones who do.

This is a positive and exciting shift.

EDD: what are some techniques you use to teach your elective classes? Seems they are different than "regular" classes.

The fundamental difference in the classes is the student-role. My English classes are definitely student-centered and collaborative, but my yearbook class is largely student-led. Here’s how I make that happen:

I tell my yearbook classes that the editor in chief is the boss and I’m just the bouncer.

The editor leads games and discussions at the beginning of the year. I am there to ensure everyone listens/participates and to answer questions if needed.

When I do lead lessons/activities, they are largely about the content and skills (design basics, media law, etc) - not about making decisions about the book.

My role is to support and guide. I am a resource.

And I call lazy, uncooperative, or antagonistic kids out on their behavior.

I enjoy running the class this way because my class is a career tech ed class in which the kids are supposed to be learning work skills. And even if they aren’t excited about yearbook, they realize the value in workplace skills. It’s setting everyone up for success after high school, which is something a genuinely believe is important.

Where I'm From


I have been writing about my school for a few years now, but I realize many of you may not know exactly where I work.

My school is in a district on the East Side of town. It is the kind of area where I can ride my bike from one school to another for forty-five minutes and never see a…

Please help if you are able. mollyrockstar and her colleagues do amazing things.

Truthbomb Monday

I enjoyed my friend’s birthday yesterday by drinking too much and dancing a lot (never too much) at the DMB concert. 

Now, as I get ready for work just a few hours later, I am suffering the consequences. Today will be rough, but I’d do it again in a second. 

Because life is too short to not see your favorite band play your favorite song live and dance to it with one of your best friends. Because “overjoyed” just doesn’t happen every day.

EDD, second verse: What are you taking for lunch this week?

I actually just made my lunches for the week!


brown rice made with lime juice (a la chipotle, minus cilantro because ew)

Black beans

Summer squash

Fresh jalapeños


All seasoned with cumin and lime

Directions - make rice, sauté squash and jalapeños, make beans, cut tomatoes, mix together!

Yay for yummy, healthy lunches!

(Source: allisonunsupervised)


I haven’t been around much this week, but here are some highlights:

- DMB is in town for three nights and they’re just amazing this year. But I guess they’re amazing every year. I’m so grateful that my favorite band tours every single summer.

- I’ve lost just over 10 pounds since starting weight watchers online in July. It’s the healthiest weight I’ve been since I’ve started teaching.

- I love my classes this year.

- A coworker let me borrow his copy of the new haruki murakami book and I can’t wait to start it.

- I’m about to watch the new Dr. Who episode in a comic book shop with the hubs and his band, and then they’re playing a show right after. And they’re dressed up as various characters from the show. It’s going to be an awesome evening.