How everyone can benefit from “back-to-school”

How everyone can benefit from “back-to-school” It’s back-to-school time. I don’t know why that’s always so exciting for me—it means piles of grading, early mornings, missing grades in the grade book, parent emails, student excuses. But I’m an...

How to Fix Your Writing

Wonder how to fix your writing? Want to start writing letters and proposals that don’t sound juvenile? I’ve been teaching writing for 26 years, and I’ve noticed that people make the same kinds of mistakes, whether they are writing a paragraph, a...

6 Things I Love About School Starting

This is the time we’ve dreaded all summer. School is starting. Gone are the days without regulated beginnings and endings. Gone are whimsical mornings on the seashore and guilt-free ice cream runs. Gone is the feeling of exhaustion from doing nothing but baking...

Confessions of a suburb mom

I am not a philanthropist, not a CEO, not a socialite. I’m just a suburb mom, and I have some confessions to make. Frankly, I’m a little tired of the pressure put on our families to succeed and surpass. At what, I don’t know. Our city? The world at...

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