An Open Letter to My Students

An Open Letter to My Students At the end of the semester I find myself thinking about where I’ve taken you, my students. I think about the highs and the lows- there were many of both. And then I reflect on what I've taught you. My hope is that I’ve taught you something deeper; something beyond the theme of To Kill A Mockingbird or the difference between personification and anthropomorphism. I love the content that I teach, but even more than that I love the discussion and creativity that can come out of an English class. Since my time with you is running out, here’s a list of a few of the things I hope I’ve given you in the 4,140 minutes I’ve spent with each class this semester. Creati

Why I Hate Free Time

Newsletter Twenty Three People seem to think that almost anything that consumes our free time is negative. Like, if you do something that eats up your weekend, or causes you stay late at work, it must be a bad thing. Many people have the attitude of, “I’ll go to work, relax on week nights, and then relax some more on the weekend.” Cool, you do you, but personally I feel less in tune with my career and self when I spend the majority of my free time in my pajamas (I'm a hypocrite because I am writing this in my pajamas. Call me Judas and let's move on). For me, the disconnect between down time and work is too large. My job requires me to be "on" for 8 hours straight, answering questions, wipin

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