Category Archives: Writing

Ushering in the New Year with a Flourish

By Heather Hollands “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” ~Annie Dillard My one-word resolution for 2013 is “flourish.” I like one-word resolutions because they guide you throughout the year but don’t restrict you to … Continue reading

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Watching Our Students Find Their Voices (Amy)

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”  ―    F. Scott Fitzgerald, … Continue reading

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What My Mother Taught Me About Shakespeare (Amy)

“The cathexis between mother and daughter—essential, distorted misused — is the great unwritten story. Probably there is nothing in human nature more resonant with charges than the flow of energy between two biologically alike bodies, one which has lain in … Continue reading

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A student’s wise words on how to rediscover the magic of summer (Heather)

“It was in the summertime that we could simply be.” ~ Laura Thompson A cool breeze wafts through my classroom window, a large pine tree has blown over in the school yard, students have said their goodbyes, and I sit … Continue reading

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If you could say three words to the world, what would you say?

While browsing the Internet a few months ago, I stumbled across some videos created by Mrs. Megan Palevich’s middle school students in Chesterfield, Pennsylvania. Her students were asked, “If you could say three words to the world … what would … Continue reading

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Nourishing the Joy of Writing: GHS Creative Writing Retreat (Amy)

Joy Is an upwelling of life, Of spirit, a blossoming of freedom. It is what we are here for. It is whole-hearted, full-bodied, All encompassing. ~Roger Housden   Over the past ten years Heather and I have collaborated on many … Continue reading

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Reaching out to the next generation of teachers (Heather)

When I was in high school, I didn’t consider becoming an English teacher. Sure, I loved to read and write, but I had different plans. My senior English teacher Mrs. Elaine Moore suggested several times that I should go into … Continue reading

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Surprise Me

~Guest Blog by Joe Routhier It shouldn’t surprise me that members of Congress don’t get it.  It shouldn’t surprise me that there are large groups of community members , even parents, that don’t get it.  It shouldn’t surprise me that … Continue reading

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My Students’ Writing Prompts in Celebration of National Poetry Month (Amy)

“If you want a poem,” wrote Gwendolyn Brooks, “You only have to look out a window. There is material always, walking, running, fighting or screaming or singing.” In celebration of today being the 1st day of National Poetry Month my creative … Continue reading

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March Madness: We Need a Win in Education with the NWP (Heather)

For many, March equates to basketball madness; even President Obama filled out his NCAA Tournament bracket.  Fewer people think of March as Education Month.  Obama has juggled a packed schedule with matters to address in Libya, Japan, and elsewhere — … Continue reading

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