Month: September 2017

“Hey Mr. Armstrong, did you watch any NFL games this weekend?”


The high school parking lot. America’s blacktop proving ground since the Model-T rolled off the assemble line and into our lives. The place where lines are still drawn, sleeves still rolled and disagreements still forcefully settled. So it only made sense that I was asked the combustible question, the question that packed C-4 between it’s […]

“Travel is the best teacher.” The Educator Spotlight is on Spanish Teacher Michele Hill


Write on Fight on’s Educator Spotlight features insights, reflections and best practices from passionate classroom teachers and school administrators. Meet Michele Hill. Michele is an high school Spanish teacher from New Jersey.  An active educational blogger, Michele believes engagement is the key to inspiring students. She recently took a group of students to Costa Rica to further […]

The World’s Greatest Lie Are you guilty of telling yourself this?


It was a tradition of sorts. In the initial months following my diagnosis, after each doctor’s appointment, I would go to the bar Given my deteriorating health, maybe a few pints and a plate of fried pickles was not the most constructive response, but sometimes nothing soothes a fractured soul like the warm panel walls, a […]

Why I Celebrated My Worst Day


When I decided to celebrate my worst day I had romantic dreams of baking a chocolate cake, coating it with vanilla icing and beautifully decorating it with some unabashed inspirational quote. Here’s what happened. It’s okay to laugh. Seriously. I know, it’s high fructose, high caloric train wreck. Just in case you can’t read it, […]

The Importance of Goal Setting: The Educator Spotlight is on Teacher and Writer Mari Venturino


Write on Fight on’s Educator Spotlight features insights, reflections and best practices from classroom teachers and administrators.  Meet Mari Venturino. Mari is an elementary school teacher from San Diego, California.  An active blogger and editor of the book Fueled by Love and Coffee: Real Stories by Real Teachers, Mari is a reflective force. Check out her interview, […]

12 Things I Learned This Summer


As a teacher, my relationship with summer is complicated. I love being lazy at 10 am. I love long afternoons on the beach, watching my children build sand castles and dig for shells. I love impromptu BBQs and staying up past 11 pm on a Tuesday to watch reruns of The King of Queens. Yet, […]