2 Shows That Couldn’t Be More Different, But Both Are Timeless Classics To Me (Brought on by the HBO’s FRIENDS reunion and The West Wing special)

So for about 3 hours I sat and watched the FRIENDS reunion and then, for all intents and purposes, the West Wing reunion. Two shows that have next-to-nothing in common, and yet, I rewatch both on a regular base because I can never seem to get enough. What I love about both of these shows is how effortlessly funny they are.

10 Years and Still Going Strong…Well…Sort of…It’s Debatable…

This post is a trailer for posts to come. This summer I will write two more Truth in Teaching post collections. The first will chronicle the highs and lows of this past year, while the second will countdown my 10 best and worst moments in my teaching career in honor of the fact that I AM GOING TO START MY 10TH YEAR TEACHING!

The Ultimate Truth in Teaching: “My Teaching Philosophy or Understanding My WHY”

When people hear I'm a teacher they comment: How are you a teacher? I don't know how you do it? I could never do it. My response: I don't know how I do it either. I truthfully have no idea how I get through the days, months, years of teaching. When someone observes students enjoying …

“Bookmark Stories” Post #7: Divergent v Hunger Games & Why are Dystopians always Young Adult?

This week's "Bookmark Stories" takes us down the YA Dystopian Path. You'll see that I have two Hunger Games bookmarks but I am focusing on Veronica Roth's Divergent series. Why? Because I have no idea why I have two Hunger Games bookmarks and no Divergent bookmarks. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a …

The Truth in Teaching Part 8: Quaranteaching was the Best & Worst Way to End my 1st yr as a Public HS English Teacher”

The last thing I said to my students was: "Don't forget we have a Julius Caesar Test on Monday! I hope you've been studying, I hope you did the practice quiz, I hope you don't think spending all week in the computer lab doing something else means you can forget about English!". For reasons I …

‘Bookmark Stories’ Post #5: How Lord of the Rings Established My Sidekick Obsession.

A few weeks ago I explained that Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time was my favorite fantasy series, but truth be told, I might never have discovered Wheel of Time if not for Lord of the Rings. My quick obsession with Lord of the Rings paved the way for my love of high epic fantasy. The …

How “Remember the Titans” taught me about Racism, Prejudice, and the Civil Rights Movement.

I truly believe I could write a dissertation on Remember the Titans and how Sports Movies can teach us lessons we often do not want to learn or need to be reminded of. I also know that I can be very verbose and write too much, especially when I am passionate about a subject. Ultimately, …