Read. Write. Think. Speak. View.

Blog

The Things I Carry

I carry my CCSD identification badge and the tracking device contained therein. I carry my keys, guaranteed entrance to most doors in our school, except those most in need of opening.

I carry the burden of expectation, the anxiety borne of the worst kind of perfectionism–the feeling that you are forever letting other people down. I carry the endless list of questions: Am I a good teacher? Am I good enough to make this meaningful? If I cannot make it meaningful to students, does it…

Read more…
Comments: 0

How does communication affect our relationships with people?

 

“She opened the closet and dug through a pile of leftover junk until she found an antique, yellow rotary phone; she’d bought it herself at a garage sale back in high school--because she’d been exactly that kind of pretentious” (Rowell 25).

Landline phones have long since become a thing of the past. I’ve never seen an actual landline…

Read more…
Comments: 0

"America" student poems

Here are some efforts from my English 11 students, using Whitman and, in one case, Hughes as models.

Macie B

 

I see America singing, the varied carols I see,
Those of teenagers, each one singing theirs as it should be emotional and strong,
The attention seeking, singing hers as she spreads another rumor,
The athlete singing his as his final season comes to an unfortunate end,
The alcoholic college kids singing what appears to be a jumbled mess as…

Read more…
Comments: 0

Activity

William Polking via Twitter
Attention @CHSSpeech students: Open House postponed until Tuesday evening. Same schedule. "Just look for my signal."
Monday
William Polking via Twitter
Nearly a decade now, and still "my tear bags are fierce close to my eyes these days."
Monday
William Polking via Twitter
Felt dumb looking up how many TBSP of butter = 1/3 cup, but I felt less dumb when I saw others asked Google how many 1/3 cups are in a cup.
Sunday
William Polking via Twitter
"I have fallen in the forest. Did you hear me?"
Friday
Dominic Scheuermann replied to Devan Spencer's discussion Posting about a game that people are also watching.
"Well some people can't go to the game so it helps them if they post it online."
Jan 12
William Polking via Twitter
The semester is both a sprint and a marathon, and today I feel like I ran both and will only be getting a participation ribbon.
Jan 11
William Trecker replied to Saraya Beth Thomsen's discussion Bad Habits Learned Young
"I agree with you there Saraya. The limit of age on a smartphone should be like the limit of age on many things. But parents don't obey that either by giving their kids violent video games, like Call Of Duty,Grand Theft Auto,and many other violent th…"
Jan 11
Tiffany Jo Staiert posted a discussion
I have been reading about why people invented facebook, they did so that people can find out news. Have you ever thought about facebook being some kind of dating site as well. Some people may think I am crazy but I think it could be a possibility. S…
Jan 11
Samantha Lynn Cruz posted a discussion
So I saw this post on Facebook a while ago, about the presidents daughter, Malia Obama, smoking weed at Lollapalooza. There was a video of her that went viral. Of course people had to make a big deal out of it and it was on a VIP news website. It's…
Jan 10
Devan Spencer replied to Jaycie Williams's discussion Snap Stories
"I quickly go through my stories everyday, because I don't want them there, but I also don't really pay any attention to them. I feel like the content of them aren't always interesting and I don't want to spend time going through hundreds of seconds…"
Jan 10
Devan Spencer replied to Krysta Enloe's discussion Disney & Nickelodeon
"I really miss all of the shows that we use to watch as kids. It would be nice if they had all of those show reruns on a separate channel so we could still watch them. The shows that they have now are really bad. I have seen a few different ones, and…"
Jan 10
Samantha Lynn Cruz replied to Devan Spencer's discussion House Party
"I think that this app is so much fun! I downloaded it yesterday and i'm obsessed with it. I love being able to meet new people on it. Although it is very fun, it does indeed drain my battery and data. I agree, I love how it has brought people togeth…"
Jan 10
Devan Spencer posted discussions
Jan 10
Devan Spencer replied to Krysta Enloe's discussion Snapchat Articles
"I like going through them when I have time. Some of it interests me and its fun to read through them. I think the buzz feed ones are always funny or have really good topics. The picture before hand are what make me want to read, but I still have a h…"
Jan 10
Devan Spencer replied to Saraya Beth Thomsen's discussion Bad Habits Learned Young
"That is crazy. I feel like kids are learning things that they shouldn't to young and they wont be taught anything about it for a few years. I really think that kids should have some kind of restricted internet use, because things like that should be…"
Jan 10
Devan Spencer replied to Maddie Stenbo's discussion Kids with Technology
"In a matter of a minute my niece watched my brother swipe away a notification and play a song when it was pause and a few seconds later she did the same exact thing. She is a few months away from being two. It is crazy how fast kids can catch on to…"
Jan 10
More…