Recently, I had a mom email to say, “My son will not be re-enrolling in your course next year. Thank you very much.” Now, this was a terse and shocking email to receive from a parent that I had just spoken with a couple of days before. This mom couldn’t say enough nice things about … More My Kids Aren’t Perfect and I’m Okay With That
Poetry and Water World After battling almost an hour of traffic, we made it to Metro Academic Studies down in Atlanta. There is a weird thing where the closer you get to spring break, the worse the traffic gets down in the city. Folks are either passing through or coming to town in the spring. … More Slice of Life: Day 28
These students are ardently writing about Animal Farm, a political satire written as a cautionary tale against the evils of totalitarianism. For a writing teacher, this is a beautiful sight: sixteen energetic students writing and typing with confidence, using transitions, making connections between the text and the outside world, and working heartily right up to … More Slice of Life: Day 14
Band happens on Friday. Practice happens on Thursday night. Books, instruments and stand go into the truck Thursday night. Mom crawls into her bed Thursday night with her laptop to write a slice of life. Dad has been asleep every night when mom has gotten into bed. Mom has sliced every night instead of going … More Slice of Life: Day 8
Hybrid Schooling and Poetry: A great Combination! When people discover that I teach high school classes one day a week, I get the question, “Where do you teach that allows you to do that?” “I teach at a hybrid school in Atlanta, Georgia,” I’ll tell them. Usually, at this point, they nod their heads, as … More Slice of Life: Day 7
“Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away…” Song of Solomon 8:7 On November 6, 1977, 176 million gallons of water plowed its way from a broken earthen dam to a narrow gorge. Between the dam and the gorge lay Toccoa Falls, a 186 foot drop into a small canyon. It is … More Dam Break in Georgia
Breathe! Deep breath… in. Deep cleanse…out. When school has wrapped up for the year and baseball season is over and the last end-of-the-season party has finished and the final honors night has been attended, breathing is something you can do again. It’s not like you couldn’t breathe before, its just that you had to do shallow breathing! … More Breathing on the Tugaloo!