Tag: teacher

Let the healing begin


Let the healing begin When tragedy strikes–when is the right time to move forward? When is it okay to laugh and smile again? For the past 9 years, in the days leading up to then senior prom, I have been performing  “Armstrong’s Awesome Prom Power Point” to my students. It’s a fun presentation mixed with […]

My hardest day as a teacher came this week


My hardest day as a teacher came this week On Monday night a current student of mine passed away. It wasn’t the student I told you about last week. In first period on Tuesday morning I informed my class of 12th graders that one of their classmates was dead. By their reactions, it was clear […]

Thank someone today


Thank someone today A student writes an alarming piece and hands it to me. The piece contains suggestive material that I immediately report to the guidance department. The student is called from my class and is gone for over an hour and when they come back they grab their books and leave. There is an […]

Training Session #42- July 22: Getting punched in the mouth


In 2013 I was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, an autoimmune disorder that chewed a hole in my cerebellum, atrophied various muscles, impaired my vision, balance, coordination and consequently stole my confidence and my ability to run. I have dedicated the summer of 2018 to regaining my strength, coordination, balance, and relearning how to run. I am participating […]

I once had a supervisor I disagreed with.


I’m sure you can relate. During a performance review, my supervisor told me that my teaching style,  a fusion of storytelling and instruction, was not practical and measurable on state exams. “You’re job is to teach reading and writing skills not to tell bedtime stories.” At the time of our meeting, I’d been teaching for […]

“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 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, […]

Bringing Stories to Light: WoFo’s Teacher Spotlight is on Julie Boulton


Write on Fight on’s Teacher Spotlight features awesome educators who are dedicated to teaching and inspiring young people everyday. In the first edition of the 2017-2018 school year, WoFo features history teacher and blogger Julie Boulton. I would like to thank Julie for her interview and dedication to the teaching profession. “I love to bring stories […]

8 Simple Ways To Be A More Interesting Teacher This School Year


As a teacher, I want to be interesting. I want my students to want to be in my class. In fact, my philosophy of education has always been rooted in a line from Billy Joel’s Piano Man: Cause he knows that it’s me they’ve been coming to see               […]

Teaching Children Character Building Concepts: An Interview with Author Gretchen Burman


Who is Gretchen Burman? My name is Gretchen Burman, mother of two amazing girls and wife to a fabulous and supportive husband.  When I was pregnant ten years ago, I was freaking out thinking how I would raise capably, caring and happy children.  What did I need to proactively and reactively teach them so they […]