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Let me set the scene. I’m teaching my 6th grade reading class our new vocabulary word:


Me: Alright class, turn and talk to your partner and you each need to a pick a side and explain why telling a secret to your friend would make you anxious or not make you anxious. (more…)

“We Were Liars”

There are 3 types of people that love star stickers: elementary kids- because they’re awesome, high school kids- because they’re kitchy, and teachers -because they’re cheap.

“We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

As a school librarian and English teacher, I obviously read a lot, especially a lot of young adult books. I like to pretend that this is me just being wonderful at my job and pursuing professional development in my free time, but honestly I’m a sucker for a bildungsroman. I’m also partial to angst that borders on mental instability, star crossed love stories, and plot twists that I never saw coming, which is why We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is one of the best books I’ve ever read. (more…)

Repeat after me… “s-p-e-r-m”

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For the last 2 hours, I’ve been reading a district level test aloud to one of our 7th graders that doesn’t speak English. Because the universe thinks it’s hysterical to put me in situations where I have to be the more mature person in the room even though my sense of humor is most definitely not suitable for children, it was obviously a test about sexual reproduction. (more…)

5 Minutes

I’ve mentioned before that I work at a school. More accurately, I’m an English teacher and librarian and literacy specialist. Yes, I just named three jobs that, in and of themselves, are full time jobs, but I manage to make it work. Most days.

I say all this just to preface that today I introduced a new daily journal writing activity to my kids. I told them you have 5 minutes where you have to write the entire time. (more…)


That hashtag is a thing, right? I only pretend that I know anything about the internet so that people won’t make fun of me at dinner parties and stuff. I don’t know why I just said that. I’ve literally never been to a dinner party. That’s weird that I said that. Let’s try again: “I only pretend that I know anything about the internet so that people won’t make fun of me at dinner parties bars and stuff.”

Better. (more…)

I (honestly) love my job.

I mean, get real. No one wants to go to work on all of the days. Even though I actually do love my job, I frequently have days where I spend inordinate amounts of time resenting the fact that I couldn’t just commit my energy to marrying for money. The main reasons this plan never panned out for me is that gold-digging is a full time job that I just couldn’t hold down while starting a kick-ass career in a field that I love, drinking Olivia Pope sized glasses of wine in the company of people I knew I would never sleep with, and wondering why all the tall guys were already taken. (Although, Dear Old Dad used to always say “any man can be 6’2” if he’s got enough money to stand on.” He’s a hopeless romantic, that one.) (more…)

“Writing is easy… 3

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Thanks, Gene. Couldn’t have said it better myself. For a solid decade I’ve had friends ask me to start a blog. And for a solid decade my external response has been some hybrid of genuine and faux self-deprecation, while my internal response has been “Are you kidding me? If people knew what was going on in my head half of the time they would have me institutionalized.”

Enter: anonymity. (more…)