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It’s time to spring into action

It must be springtime in the Rockies. State lawmakers have emerged from hibernation, but Colorado’s bank accounts remain in a deep freeze...

I’ll take the little things

This may be one for the bucket list. I can now say that I’ve stood in front of 36 9th graders and taught Romeo and Juliet without a) throwing up or b) running far, far away...

No room for bias

Last week the dedicated MAT@USC team asked me to write about a difficult situation I’ve had to overcome and how that would make me a better teacher. It seems like cheating to say, “Gee, last week was a difficult situation,” despite burning the wee-hour oils...

The obvious, and not so obvious, heroes

At the end of every school year, my children always make a little craft for their teachers — just a little something to remember them by (as if anyone could forget my rambunctious son!). Last year, however, my son entered the 6th grade and had many teachers...

I am cardinal and gold

On a warm September 28, armed with my computer, headphones, notebook, and a pen, I created a little office out on the deck, shaded by the patio umbrella and surrounded by the bees buzzing, the birds chirping, and the smell of blooming mums in the garden I should...

Every once in a while teaching can be a tea party

I have yet to meet a teenager who would turn down the chance to mingle and munch. For this reason, and many more, I believe the English teacher I observe every week is a genius...