Drama Kids Rule! A Standing Ovation For High School Drama Programs

“Totus mundus agit histrionem.” When translated, the above Latin quote means “All the World’s a Stage” which is the motto of the Globe Theatre owned chiefly by William Shakespeare and the King’s Men. It is also a famous line from a most famous speech by Jacques from As You Like It. This past month, I enjoyed … Continue reading Drama Kids Rule! A Standing Ovation For High School Drama Programs

Why Shakespeare Matters To People Who Don’t Think Shakespeare Matters

The following is courtesy of the venerable Bill Bryson in his book Shakespeare: The World as Stage. I share it in the beginning of the school year with my students in my Shakespeare 101 elective class. Some think it rather trivial, but as the class progresses, many begin to see that the scope of Shakespeare’s work is … Continue reading Why Shakespeare Matters To People Who Don’t Think Shakespeare Matters

Mark Jewell – Congratulations to the Leader We Need

At the NCAE state convention this past weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting some people for the first time face to face although I have "known" them for quite a while. Public school advocacy has helped me link with some of the best people, individuals whose passion for students is only matched by a … Continue reading Mark Jewell – Congratulations to the Leader We Need

An Open Letter From a Veteran North Carolina Teacher to Young Teachers – You Are Vital

Dear Fellow Educator, I first want to tell you that I admire what you have chosen to do as a career. Teaching in today’s public schools is not easy. I know as I am in my 20th year of teaching. I still love my job. I still love being with the students. Outside of my … Continue reading An Open Letter From a Veteran North Carolina Teacher to Young Teachers – You Are Vital

Big Win on the Road – Overcoming Adversity and Playing For Team

If you know anything about sports here in the Triad area, then you understand the high level of competition within the high school realm. Traditionally soccer games between the ladies of West Forsyth and East Forsyth are more than competitive - they are glimpses of potential playoff games. While I am certainly biased toward my … Continue reading Big Win on the Road – Overcoming Adversity and Playing For Team

Our Schools Should Be The Most Colorful of Places

Schools should be places that should show some of the greatest amounts of color. Imagine if you as a teacher had to visually represent the wide array of talents, learning styles, abilities, skills, interests, and intangibles that each student displayed just inside of your classroom in a given period. For many teachers, that is a … Continue reading Our Schools Should Be The Most Colorful of Places

“Lord, What Fools These Mortals Be” – What Shakespeare Teaches Us About Education Reform

400 years since he died. Four centuries. Multiple generations. New countries discovered. And we still read his work and revere it as a mirror of human nature. There is a bit of a revival taking place in some schools involving Shakespeare. The Common Core asks that student in each grade level come engage with Shakespeare … Continue reading “Lord, What Fools These Mortals Be” – What Shakespeare Teaches Us About Education Reform

Doughnuts for State Superintendent Mark Johnson

When I first stated teaching, I was at a school in the Winston-Salem / Forsyth County School System. Winston-Salem is the home of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, and I used their doughnuts for fundraising ("Fun"raising). In fact, the club I sponsored was able to raise quite a bit of dough (pun intended). Odd that a company … Continue reading Doughnuts for State Superintendent Mark Johnson

A Letter to My Daughter – “Your Dad Is a Feminist”

McK, First, I want to let you know that you are the most important woman in my life. Always will be. Maybe society dictates that I should say your mother is the most important woman in my life, but she and I look at you and Malcolm as the most important woman and man in … Continue reading A Letter to My Daughter – “Your Dad Is a Feminist”