A 36-Pound Motivator

I’m a big believer in internal motivations—if I don’t care whether I succeed in a task or not, it won’t matter to me how many other people think it’s important.  This lack of internal motivation frustrates me when my biology class nods off during very colorful and creative SmartBoard demonstrations of a double-gene cross on […]

Flexible Texts

I don’t really think of myself as a renegade, but for the past eight years, I’ve enjoyed the relative freedom to structure and pace my instruction according to my students’ needs.  Considering the population I teach—pregnant and parenting teen girls—I see this ability to respond to students needs as essential.  Their transience and attendance issues, […]

The Pursuit of Happiness

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” –Declaration of Independence, 1776 What did the framers of the Declaration of Independence intend when they declared “the pursuit of […]