Focus on the Outcomes

I received an email this morning that I needed to choose my daughter’s mode of instruction for the 2020-2021 school year by July 10th. (Arizona starts early and the district is on a modified year-round schedule). I froze. Like me, most people are going into this next school year wondering what in the hell they […]

Learning More About What You Teach and Who You are Teaching

As a National Board Certified teacher, I am constantly reflecting on the Five Core Propositions, especially the second: Teachers Know the Subjects They Teach and How To Teach Those Subjects. As we moved through the last 3 months, this has been a focal point for me. If you are not aware, I do not have […]

The Long Goodbye

Originally posted on Stories from Schools AZ   This is dedicated to the Basha High School Class of 2020. My sweet, smart, empathetic, hilarious, amazing senior class. You will forever have a place in my heart. You made me love teaching at a time where it was almost impossible.  And to those not at my […]

3 Project Ideas For After the AP Exam

I woke up this morning and didn’t really know what to do with myself. That’s been the six years of the morning after the AP test feeling. In our district, movies are not the preferred use of class time over 20 minutes.  Here are a few ideas for how to spend the time after the […]

Tip for Virtual Interviews

Last year, I shared my 8 tips for interviews, using my experiences as a department chair for the past 12 years (now 13 years). Things have changed since then, and many teachers are participating in virtual interviews, including myself! To add to those 8 tips, here are 4 more to help you navigate through this! […]

Reflections on Teaching Remotely

I’ve been writing this in my head for three weeks. In my 17 years of teaching, I never knew something like this could be possible. As a National Board Certified Teacher, I am constantly reflecting and changing things. I am currently 3 weeks into remote teaching and 5 weeks out of school (because of spring […]