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At some point I'll do a more personal update. For now, though, I've started blogging about teaching again. This time it's going to stick.
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My newest blog post at Little but Fierce is up: PEEP SHOW! It's not what you think.

It's better.
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A new essay is up on my teaching blog, Little but Fierce: Merit Pay Without Merit. I abandon humor this week in favor of righteous political indignation. Please share with anyone who you think might be interested. Thanks!
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After an absurdly long time being locked out of my own site because I was too stupid to realize I was trying to log in with the wrong username, my teaching blog is back up and running. Just a quick (but funny!) post for now, but I'll be posting regularly from now on.

Here's the link: Long Absence...But Pictures!

Please feel free to pass the site along to any teacher types in your life.
pixkris: Wedding Day Smiles (Inspire Writing)
It's been a very slow writing semester for me due to personal health and other fun stressors, but I have finally updated my teaching blog. My newest entry, "Reflection," is now up on Little but Fierce.
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New teaching blog entry over at my site: Scheduling My Tiny Little Breakdown.
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I'm probably the last one out there to "discover" this band, but I must recommend them anyway, just in case. Vampire Weekend (their debut album is self-titled) is so fantastic that I'm out of original adjectives to describe them.

Wikipedia description because I'm too lazy to write one myself:

Vampire Weekend is an indie rock band from New York City signed to XL Recordings. They came to public attention via a variety of blogs, first on the African music audioblog "Benn loxo du taccu" and then six months later on Stereogum, leading many to cite them as another example of the "blog band" phenomenon. The band is influenced by both African popular music and Western Classical Music. They describe their genre of music as "Upper West Side Soweto", performing such songs as "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa," which references Congolese soukous music. This song was #67 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.

Plus, how can you not love a band with a song called "Oxford Comma"?

Also, I posted a quick entry about quotable moments on my teaching blog yesterday here.

Sub Plans

Jan. 15th, 2008 10:51 pm
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New blog entry about the uselessness of sub plans and my utter inability not to write them: I Got Plans.
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It's been ages since I posted to my teaching site, and I'm fairly sure I've lost the few readers I'd gained in the interim. I made the decision today to stop worrying about posting full essays and just start blogging. I plan to blog regularly since I will no longer be so stressed about making each essay Absolutely!Perfect! and would really appreciate some help bringing the site back to life.

Would you please pimp my blog? Or, if you have any interest, just stop by from time to time? Make me a happy little bookmark? Oh dear. I'm turning into the Bob Ross of bloggers. Save me from myself!

Here's the most recent entry: "Blogging and Other Funingly Things".

Thank you, all.
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New (and long overdue) essay up on my education blog, Little but Fierce: Oh Crap! I Forgot How to Teach! Please come visit if you get a chance or pass the word along to others in the teaching biz. Thanks!
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After an extended writing vacation, a new essay is up on my site:"What I Did This Summer." This one deals with the myth of the perfect summer, all the things we intend to do but don't quite manage, and those anxiety-fraught essays elementary teachers used to make us write.

If you have any teacher friends/family, please share this link! I'm back to posting regularly now that school's starting up again. Check back soon for next week's essay: "Oh Crap! I Forgot How to Teach!"

As always, if you know anyone who would like to be added to the mailing list, just send me their email.
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If you are reading my new column, I would be deeply appreciative if you would--now and then--drop me a quick comment on the blog itself when an article is posted here. It's set so that you don't have to register if you don't want to, but I would love to know you've stopped by.

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My second column is up: "10 by 10: Ten Lessons Learned in Ten Years of Teaching--Part Two" here.

Spread the word, if you'd be so kind?

Column Up!

Jun. 21st, 2007 11:23 am
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My first column on the new website is up!

10 by 10: Ten Lessons Learned in Ten Years of Teaching--Part 1

Please to link from other sites, email lists etc.? Thanks for your support!


Jun. 16th, 2007 10:00 pm
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After many months of planning, writing, revising, and begging friends for help, my website, www.inspirewriting.com is up.

It includes my new online column, Little But Fierce, which will (hopefully) updated weekly. Column #1 ("10 by 10") will be up within the next couple of days.

This site is also my business site for academic tutoring and creative writing coaching.

So...beloved friendlist, will you please spread the word? I would be truly grateful--this is a labor of love from a long way back, and my ultimate goal is to develop a readership of the new column.

Special thanks to Deena for her amazing web design; Raq for the gorgeous, original pen/feather logo; and Matt, Barb, and Amy for their humbling testimonials.


ETA: Very important...I've revised and proofed and edited the damned site so many times that I can't see errors anymore...but it's really important that the site is as close to perfect as possible. Hil already caught a typo on the home page (ironically enough in the line advertizing my services as a writing coach... headdesk), so that will be fixed in the morning. If you see anything else, PLEASE email me or leave me a comment here so that I can correct it. Thanks!

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