Re-write our chapter

Published: Post Independent. October 30, 2013 Someday our children and grandchildren will be handed a battered, secondhand American history text book (or maybe an ebook subscription, whatever). What will our chapter read? “Congress threatened the first of many American loan defaults in 2013 after lawmakers ‘shut down’ the government and were unable to reach... Continue Reading →


The Denver Post, February 7th, 2014 I teach seventh- and eighth-graders English and language arts in a small town in the middle of big mountains. Some students really like me. Some students really don't. Some students love English; some do not. My students all wonder why I hate them so much that I make them... Continue Reading →

Litigation is (not) the Answer!

As a teacher in the public school system of the Roaring Fork Valley, I have thought about what I would do if someone brought a gun into my school. I have played through a hundred scenarios in my head about where I would stand and when I would act. All teachers have. It is terrifying.... Continue Reading →

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