*a revised repost Bullying Is Not New. “There’s so much complaining about bullying these days. Kids just need to toughen up.” I’ve heard that numerous times. It’s not easy, though. Being the target of relentless bullying wears you down. Yes, as a child, I was bullied. I believe it began with a girl named Betsy.… Read More Bullying is an Attack on Self-Worth
Beware the gab. I have taught English and literature classes for twenty years. Private and public schools, grades 6 through 12. It’s a demanding job, most of the time more demanding that this anxiety-ridden teacher can handle. Usually, I can contain it during a workday. Every now and then, though, it takes hold and all… Read More Stuff Students Say
Does It Matter? “Does anyone have an iPad charger I can borrow?” he asked. “Yes, but not for you,” she quipped. This brief conversation took place on a Friday afternoon during a class of 9th graders, words spoken in front of all their peers. Such a simple conversation, yet no hesitation that those words can… Read More Bullying or Just Plain Mean?