If you’ve read any of my recent stories, you no doubt have seen me write about Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5K road race. Both events are near and dear to me and in an important and significant way, they have helped a community and a number of families heal. What follows is one student’s […]
The Thornton Academy boys soccer team knew they were in for a tough game, but seemingly it had been that way for the last few weeks. Defense and timely goalkeeping helped them get further in the playoffs than ever before, but on Saturday, October 28, their season and historic playoff run ended with a 2-1 loss to the Portland Bulldogs.
The first week of school is nearly finished and as tired as I might be, I’m encouraged and excited about my classes and my new students. For the first time in a long time, I am teaching something that I held near and dear for many years, computer programming.
I know this sounds trivial and even a bit like whining, but I can’t believe the summer is in the rear view mirror. For those of us who are teachers, that means it’s time to greet students and get ready for another school year.
When we tell people we meet that we are from Maine, in the United States, they often look at us and within seconds say, “that’s cold.” They’re right of course, but Ireland also seems to be a land that understands the benefits of layering and a good dose of wool, not to mention a solid pair of walking shoes or boots.
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 […]
SACO – As a teacher, I am always looking for a way to engage my students and get them more involved in the work we are doing in class. Part of that search for meaningful work often leads me to look at the tools, systems, and the projects my colleagues are using in their courses. […]
SACO – If there was every any doubt that summer was nearly over, that ended today. I spent the afternoon making sure my new teaching space is ready. I unpacked boxes of books, the desks were cleaned and set up, and I entered my lesson plans for the first week into my online classroom. This […]
SACO – Five days. It all starts again next week and I’m excited about the prospects for the new school year. Now, the hallways are quiet, the custodial staff is busy finishing last-minute projects and my colleagues are working to make sure their teaching spaces are ready for students. Yes, it happens every year, but […]
SACO – For this teacher and writer, the summer is almost officially over, but it certainly has been productive. check out my latest short stories and if you get a chance, drop me a note.