The Final Flock; Last Day Thoughts

(Pictures above are the last group of kiddos I will teach in public school) It’s difficult to try and sum up 20+ years of a teaching career in a few short paragraphs. So I won’t attempt it.  But I can’t just walk out of my classroom for the final time without some commentary reflecting just a couple of thoughts. I moved up here to NE Texas in 1989 with...

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Making No Bones About It – My Last Good Friday Quiz

Tomorrow is Good Friday. We will be out of school and so once again (and for my final time, I might add) I decided to test a group of Middle school students on a holiday-related event. Years ago, I started doing this…asking a group of about ninety  6/7th grade students this question:  “According to bible historians, why were the bones of Jesus never...

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And That’s The Way It Is…or Was It?

So I have my own take on the Brian Williams story. The very fact that the vessel who is simply there to report the news has become the news speaks to a deeper issue. I think many would agree that a peculiar phenomena is manifest today when someone’s face appears on our beloved TV sets. Whether it is for 15 seconds or 15 years, a certain mantle of ‘celebrity-ism’ is cast...

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It’s True- I’ve Entered the Final Stretch.

Most teachers I know are glad to hear that last dismissal bell that comes at the end of a full day of teaching students. Then there’s that last bell of the school year that triggers a huge sigh of relief (for students And teachers alike) as the summer break begins. I speak from experience having heard more than my fair share of those bells over the past 20 years of...

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The Good Samaritan

As many of you know, I teach in a public school, here in NE Texas. I believe many consider this area to be  included in the region known as the ‘Bible Belt’. I’m an English/Reading teacher for 7th grade junior high students. Today, I had a short story selected from our literature book that we were going to read together.  It’s about a teenage...

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The Image I Can’t Stop Thinking About

When ever I show this picture to friends, the first question they ask me is: “Have you sent this off to be published?” It’s not so much the photo that is captivating…as what was captured within the photo.  Look closely at the clouds.  I’m not one to personally see forms and objects in the clouds above, but this one has me mesmerized. (You...

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