Teacher's Toolbox


On to new challenges

After 25 years, my time in front of a classroom is at an end. I am retired from teaching, not retired from life. I will leave this site intact and you can search for resources that may be helpful. New in 2016 is Teachers Toolbox, resources you can purchase for a slight fee. Click the […]

Continue Reading 2

Dear President Obama

Dear President Obama, I watched the 2012 Democratic National Convention. I listened as Michelle told of your ritual of reading letters from ordinary (perhaps extraordinary, too) Americans each night. She said that you believed these letters are a key to being better informed. That impressed me. I hope you don’t mind if I publish my […]

Continue Reading 0

Beyond Another Brick in The Wall

In my first years of teaching, I was still learning the ways of students whose veiled ulterior motives were not always obvious to me. However, as I listened to Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in The Wall yesterday on the radio, I realized suddenly that when my English 11 students in 1991 were begging me to […]

Continue Reading 0

Books I haven’t read, and won’t

People say “life’s too short” to refer to numerous things they choose not to do. Life’s too short to …. just fill in the blank with whatever you think is a waste of your time. For me, life’s too short to read bad books. I never did read the Twilight series, even though many of […]

Continue Reading 1

You Will Live Many Lives

What follows is the text of my farewell speech, written as part of the final AP English Literature project. We all wrote farewell (valedictory speeches) and delivered them formally in the auditorium. It was a unique experience. See the Wordle I created from all of the speeches in the post below. You Will Live Many […]

Continue Reading 2

AP English Speeches, A Wordle

I wanted my senior AP English Literature class to have an important experience for their end of the year project, something after the exam that would be personally meaningful. I also recognized that public speaking was not something we focused on in AP, but a skill they would need again and again in the future. So […]

Continue Reading 2

Write it in the Cloud

This morning on the radio I heard someone say that a document could be stored “in the cloud,” and determined once and for all to discover just what cloud computing means. I’m sure my understanding is quite simplistic, but to me, cloud computing means that resources and tools that consumers use are available via the […]

Continue Reading 0