What can we learn from Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches?

A Discovery of Witches is a novel that I recently read. Actually, I devoured it (figuratively, of course). The novel centers on the character Diana Bishop, a historian, and a witch by birth. Diana goes to Oxford University to research the history of science. While she is there, she calls a manuscript named Ashmole 782,Read more

Visions of the Future

As we make our way through July, 2011, I am thinking of the ways that teaching will change in the not-too-distant future. We already have SMART Boards, of which I wrote in a previous post. There is increasingly sophisticated technology to come. Can we imagine what we will use in a year from now? HowRead more

“Why did you become a teacher?”

An educator recently asked me this question and as I started to respond, I realized that it would be quite a long explanation. She did not want a long explanation, however; she wanted a succinct answer. Would you be able to answer her in just a few sentences? Since that conversation, I have come upRead more

Ever have a conversation with one of your characters?

It was two minutes to ten in the morning. I was sitting in a diner caddy corner to the high school, waiting just as impatiently as Gatsby waited for Daisy to arrive at Nick’s house that fateful day. I was not waiting to rekindle a lost love; rather I was waiting to meet my characterRead more