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July 12, 2019


Step over to the public square

Snag a bench in the shade

I am safe

from the oppressive South Carolina sun

Crack a book about the adolescent brain

Because even though a teacher

Is physically off for summer

The mental game never strays

Few pages in before

A man situa...

March 15, 2019

If you don’t like something, change it.  If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”        ~Dr. Maya Angelou

As teachers, there are a few phrases that tend to just roll off the tongue.  “It’s great to see y’all!…Come on, let’s go;...

March 1, 2019

[Reflection is a powerful tool in learning. Here are my observations and ideas after teaching a five-week unit on Black History]


[Preface: poetry]

Creativity creates possibilities

Identify ideas worth nurturing

And be unafraid to fail

Trust the voice within,

Because w...

November 23, 2018


“On the most basic level, the drive toward joy is the drive toward life.”

~ Ingrid Fettel Lee from her TED Talk How Can We Design More Joy Into Our Surroundings?

It was only two years ago that I found myself nestling into a tent in a backyard in Berkeley for fall...

November 2, 2018


When the leaves

Begin to change

I can’t call it beautiful

Because my professor at West Chester

Once told me beautiful is overused

So I’ll say

This is the time when colors catch your eyes

When the leaves begin to burn bright.

The leaves look like seniors

Who too are entering...

August 18, 2018

In Ethics from the New Millennium the Dalia Llama said,  “As I understand it, teachers who impart their knowledge to students is the most compassionate form of giving- especially when it is without any thought and it is grounded in genuine concern for others.”...

July 22, 2018

“As many as 50 percent of all teachers leave the profession within the first five years.”   ~ Richard Ingersoll   

Professor at the Univ. of Penn Graduate School of Education and expert in teacher turnover. 


June 2, 2018

My time in California has come full circle.

It’s truly hard to say goodbye to an area and community that I have embraced and considered home;  however, after a lot of reflection and talking with family and friends, I’ve decided that I will be leaving California at the e...

April 22, 2018

[Originally appeared in the spring issue of the California English journal, 'Teachers Make a Difference']

Mr. G, what can we do to help the homeless?

After a lesson in which we broke down four stories surrounding those living in deep poverty, this small group of 9th grad...

March 24, 2018

I was nervous and anxious before standing up in front of packed house.  I only knew half the people.  I wondered what place poetry had in public.  A packed bar was about to hear this poet profess his Ph.D. on poverty.

At the release party for No...

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