Nurture Under Arrest

In high school, a series of sexual harassment incidents occurred involving my English teacher. Ten years ago, he was released early on good behavior. He spent a mere sixteen months in jail for luring a 17-year-old into a prolonged sexual relationship.  The first victim was my friend's sister, and soon after, several others came forward. …

Patterns (Slice of Life: Day 16)

We are currently practicing writing memoirs in Writers Workshop in my class. Today I asked my students to look over their own work and look for patterns in their writing. I found it to be an important lesson for a couple reasons. First, there is a reflective piece to it. Students are being asked to …

Growing Pains (Slice of Life: Day 1)

In my class, we talk about the difference between being in our comfort zone and our brave zone. Although we feel safe and warm in our comfort zone, we recognize that it's not where we grow. However, stepping into our brave zone challenges our minds and physically creates brain growth by making new pathways. As …