A Humble Thank You!


I was recently awarded “Teacher of the Year” at Robbinsville High  School. RHS is the place I have called home for almost ten years. In those years I have been honored to work with some talented and awesome teachers. Teachers who have helped, inspired and supported me through the years. I have also taught many great young people.  Young […]

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Why Hamlet Still Matters… Netflix and Kill? (Part 2 of 3)


  (This post contains some Hamlet spoilers. But come on now, the play has been out since the dissolve of the Tutor Dynasty. And if you’ve seen the Lion King (and who hasn’t) you’ve seen Hamlet… minus the swordplay and incest of course). I love revenge movies. They’re a guilty pleasure.  They make great entertainment.  Kill […]

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Why Hamlet Still Matters (Part 1 of 3)


1997. I’m sitting in a stuffy classroom in Conwell- Egan Catholic High School, pretending to listen to my English teacher drone about why Hamlet is the most important play ever written. I don’t remember her rationale and it’s not to discredit her attempt but I was 16 years old and I didn’t care. I, like […]

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WoFo in the news…


Inspired by teacher, RHS students take the write path By Meagan Douches Mercerspace December 1, 2015 The following article was originally published in December 2015 edition of the Robbinsville Advance and it can be viewed in its original format at http://www.mercerspace.com/features/inspired-by-teacher-rhs-students-take-the-write-path/  Robbinsville High teacher Jay Armstrong works during the Nov. 23, 2015 write-a-thon. (Staff photos by […]

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Reflections on WoFo’s first Write-a-Thon


On Monday, November 23rd WoFo hosted its first ever Write-a-Thon in my little cinder block classroom at the end of the English hallway in Robbinsville High School. For 10 years I have called room A205 home. A place where, like my students,  I have laughed, cried, blushed,  fallen asleep, panicked , wrestled with morality and have counted down the minutes […]

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Write-a-Thon 2015!


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Support WoFo’s Booster Campaign!


WoFo’s first ever Write-a -Thon will be held at Robbinsville High School on November 23, 2015! All proceeds from the event will support the Robbinsville High School Special Olympics Program. If you would like to support the Write-a Thon and the Special Olympics of Robbinsville please consider buying a t-shirt at… www.booster.com/2015-write-a-thon      

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Story Teaser- Here’s the first scene of my latest story…The Fickle Engines of Fate (or How I Met Your Mother)


”Anyone who survives adolescence has enough material to write about for the rest of their life.” ~Flannery O’Connor We were the power couple of St. Ephrem’s Elementary School. We were Kevin and Whinnie. Zack and Kelly.  Dylan and Brenda. Megan and I were in the throes of a modern romance for most of 7th grade. […]

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Strengthen your Writing Voice by Counting Your Words


Since  September I ‘ve been teaching high school seniors the art of college essay writing. This unit offers diverse challenges because every student is writing a unique, personal narrative that’s a reflective presentation of themselves. But for me,  the biggest challenge lies in encouraging high school students to break away from the rigidness of “school writing”. For years students have […]

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Great Lines in Literature- The Things They Carried


Line: “I was a coward. I went to war.” From: “On the Rainy River” from The Things They Carried  by Tim O’Brien. These two simple, declarative  sentences conclude O’Brien’s complex short story “On the Rainy River” which details the emotional anguish O’Brien wrestled with while considering the following…   to accept his Vietnam draft notice or abandon his family, trash […]

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