A hybrid life

This year, I am teaching students on a hybrid schedule. They are divided into two groups and attend school in person on alternating days. On the other days, they log into my virtual class from home via Google Meet.    Because this way of teaching and learning is new to everyone, students and teachers alike are struggling to adjust.    […]

Released From the catacombs of my soul

“Es la verdad. Y la verdad es bella.”   Near the end of her talk as a visitor to my Hispanic and Latin American Literature course at Stony Brook University, Irene Vilar quoted these words. She explained that these are the words her father said to her after reading her first memoir, A Message from God in the Atomic Age […]

Mrs. Shaw and Long Division

Have you ever felt completely out of your comfort zone?   The way I see it, when we feel this way, we have two choices: 1) we can stay in our discomfort and let the situation grow us, or 2) we can high tail it back to our comfort zone!   My earliest memory of this was in September 1980. […]

What My Students Have Taught me

This week marked my 18th First Week of School as a high school teacher. I’ve survived seventeen full years in the classroom, and I’m still just as excited and dedicated as I was that first September so long ago.  Granted, I’m older (and a little softer), but I’m wiser and stronger, too. As I once again devote time to planning […]

Back to School Butterflies?

For students and teachers, the first week of every school year can be overwhelming. Many of us feel a combination of fear, excitement, and nerves. Some may even feel a heavy sense of dread. This year, depending on whether you are starting the year remotely, all in person, or a hybrid of the two, going back to school in the […]