Month: May 2017

This One Simple Tool Will Make You a More Effective Writing Teacher


Teenagers are notorious for their lack of attention and internal busyness– especially in a classroom. They live in a chronic state of unawareness and have a cantankerous yearning to be somewhere else. “I want to go to sleep.” “I want to go home.” “I’m starving, when’s lunch?” And in these modern times of computers and […]

May 22, 2017 (or the day the universe reminded me to get over myself)


Sometimes things happen that convince you there is some large, mysterious power at work, cartwheeling through the cosmos, orchestrating both big and little things, to get your attention, to make you appreciate the brevity of your life. Our youngest son Dylan, who is almost 4, has his own bed. It’s a perfectly good bed dressed with a […]

WoFo’s Teacher Spotlight is on Katie Manning


 Write on Fight on’s Teacher Spotlight features awesome educators who are dedicated to teaching and inspiring young people everyday. In this edition, WoFo features history teacher Katie Manning.  I would like to thank Katie for her interview and dedication to the teaching profession. In these tumultuous times, it is essential that students understand exactly how […]

The Power of a Conversation: A Recap of the 2017 Spring Write-a-Thon


Never underestimate the power of a little conversation. The Write-a-Thon grew its roots in 2015, during a little conversation between my school district’s (Robbinsville, New Jersey) Superintendent, Dr. Steven Mayer and myself. The crux of the conversation was, “How can we teach teenagers to see writing as an exercise in self-discovery and authenticity not just a […]

A Mother’s Day Post: 6 Things Moms Worry About ( And Humanity Is So Grateful They Do)


Where would the world be without “mom worry”? My mom worried that my youngest brother Kyle and I would not be close. She worried that the 10 years that separated us would be too big of a gap to bridge brotherhood, to bridge conversation. So mom decided that I, an innocent 10 year old, should […]

When Former Students Die: A Teacher’s Reflection


If you teach long enough you’ll come to learn that the human story never graduates. I last saw him 11 years ago. Waiting for the graduation procession to begin, under that shadow of his squared cap, tassel dangling about his face, he smiled and said, “Mr. Armstrong, can you believe it, they’re actually letting me graduate!” I smiled, “Yeah, […]

WoFo’s Teacher Spotlight is on Robt Seda-Schreiber


 Write on Fight on’s Teacher Spotlight features awesome educators who are dedicated to teaching and inspiring young people everyday. In this edition, WoFo features art teacher, artist and social activist Robt Seda-Schreiber.  I would like to thank Robt for his interview, his dedication to the teaching profession and his courage to promote social change. “Don’t […]

Playing School (or why I still want to be a teacher)-Guest Post


Playing School (or why I still want to be a teacher) is guest post written by  Julianne Frascella. Julianne is currently a 12th grade student in my AP Literature class at Robbinsville High School (NJ). She will be attending The College of New Jersey in September 2017. It was like we were playing school. Except, […]

Teaching Students the Power of Vulnerability


This week’s post was inspired by Teacher Appreciation Week. It takes more courage and less time to admit you don’t have the answer then to pretend you do. For most aspiring teachers, writing a Philosophy of Education is not only a requirement, but a pedagogical rite of passage. I remember, 15 years ago, in the swarms of […]

The S Word- by Mark Roeder (Guest Post)


Meet Mark Roeder… Hi everyone, my name is Mark Roeder. I work full time as a Project Manager in Washington DC for a DoD contractor after 10 years active duty in the Navy, living in the Virginia Beach area. My family is the most important thing to me and I spend all of my spare […]