Why Teachers Suck …

This is a great blog about teaching. “Suck . . . it up!”

Bert Fulks

A friend and I were grousing about ignorance run amok.

“Americans get their information from internet memes,” I laughed.  “And in the true spirit of democracy, dullards who have never cracked a book will cancel the votes of people who actually have a clue. What could go wrong?”

“You know what the problem is?” Tim challenged.  “Our country’s a mess because teachers suck.”

teacher2I bristled.

Although I’ve been out of the classroom for a number of years, once a teacher, always a teacher.  Plus, I have family and friends still slugging it out in the trenches.  I know their battles and the wounds they carry.

“Dude, do you know what teachers endure on a daily basis?” I asked Tim.  I found that, no, he didn’t.  I fear most Americans might be as clueless.

I emailed a former colleague (she’s two years from retirement) and asked one question:  “How has education…

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Story Master

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New Year 2017 – A New Beginning

As the New Year begins, I look back and wonder what I want for this year that did not happen last year. There are many things, but that is not what I want to write about now. Something has happened that has sparked an interest in my "abilities" as I know them. What does that … Continue reading New Year 2017 – A New Beginning

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How to Write a Compelling Setting

Merriam-Webster defines setting as “the time, place, and conditions in which the action of a book, movie, etc., takes place.” So what does that mean to a writer and how do they make a reader feel like they are in that setting? The best way is for the author to be in that setting as … Continue reading How to Write a Compelling Setting

A Real Critique

Well, today I received my first critique of some of my paragraphs about setting. It was from Eliza Knight, an author I appreciate and admire. Her insights were wonderful and I believe that I can make some changes and improve my writing a lot. Here is my writing followed by Ms. Knight's comments: Lesson One … Continue reading A Real Critique