Category Archives: Education

Starting school later in the day – one teacher’s perspective

About a year ago, the schools in my community decided to adjust the start time for the local schools. The high school where I teach, Thornton Academy, changed their schedule and instead of starting the day at 7:30 a.m., students, teachers, and staff would begin the day at 8:30. With this altered schedule, instead of ending the school day at 2:05 p.m., we would now end the day at 2:45.

After a year of starting later in the day, I thought I’d share some of my observations.

A near perfect place to view the solar eclipse

BAR HARBOR – A little more than two minutes. That’s what the scientists and reporters said would be the length of time we would be able to see the eclipse at its peak. Somewhere around 2:40 in the afternoon and for just a few minutes. The question for many in Maine was where to spend those two minutes.

Who doesn’t love a good Maine mystery?

PORTLAND – For a relatively small state, Maine often boasts about its writing community, and in particular, the group of writers who seems drawn to create mysterious and sometimes terrifying stories. They seem to like nothing better than to tell a tall tale that involves the darker side of humanity and the crimes they commit. […]

Ireland – To many from Maine, a place that feels like home.

On nearly our last full day in Ireland, we decided to try to visit three treasures. In the morning, we drove to the Cliffs of Moher and braved the sudden and seemingly endless winds that blew ashore from the North Atlantic.
The weren’t more than 50 cars in the parking lot, a very small number for one of the most popular tourist attractions in this part of Ireland, and because of the weather, we decided to try to park closer to the visitor center.

Ireland – like Maine, a land of writers, artists and poets

Today was rainy, cold and often too windy for any outdoor activities, but as teachers and hardy travelers, we found some interesting and amazing sights only minutes from where we are staying in Adare. Best of all, in my mind, the place we planned to see was directly connected to writing and history.

School Vacation – A week of chasing stories, ghosts, and a land not forgotten

For the next seven days, my wife and I are going to travel through the countryside of Ireland and try to recharge the batteries. For my students who might be reading this, yes, that’s considered a euphemism for the infirmities of passing well into the fifth decade of life.

2016 – Another year filled with good reading material.

The books I have chosen for this post might not appear on the NY Times bestseller list, or come from an author who has sold millions of copies, but for me, they are significant and important. They’ve made me think, dream, and hope. The stories shown here have stayed with me for some time. In more than a few instances, I have shared these stories with my students, friends, and family. And in other cases, I kept them for myself the way you sometimes hoard the last chocolate-chip cookie in the jar. (Don’t you do that?)

Thornton Academy honored for its use of technology

SACO – A little more than three years ago, Thornton Academy and many other schools throughout the state tried to find the best way to integrate technology into the classroom and into their curriculum. The school decided to launch a one-to-one iPad initiative and in fall 2014, each student in grades eight through 12 was issued […]