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Kathleen Stoker
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"I'm not a teacher, I'm an awakener. " Robert Frost
"I'm not a teacher, I'm an awakener. " Robert Frost

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There's more than one Dr. J.
There's more than one Dr. J.
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There's more than one Dr. J.
I am standing like a deer in headlights in the English Department room; I am excited, scared, and nervous at the thought of beginning my teaching career in just two days.  I am talking to my department head and a couple of other first year teachers when ano...
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When the student becomes the doctor: How my (former) student became my father's eye doctor
Flashback with me 15+ years:   One of my high school sophomores named Jeff asks me if our whole English class can walk down to the auditorium so he can sing and play an original song on the piano  for his creative writing assignment.  And we do.  And he is ...
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A Text of Courage
A Text of Courage
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A Text of Courage
A few days ago, one of my favorite former students sent me the above text.  (Yes, teachers do have favorite students.  And if you ask me if you are/were a favorite of mine, I, of course will say, yes! ;) I love these inspirational touchstones because they e...
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A Text of Courage
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Life is brutiful: Vulnerability, Love, and Connection Part I
In her TED Talk, "Lessons I learned in the mental hospital", author Glennon Doyle says that "life is brutiful"--both brutal and beautiful on any given day.  This statement couldn't be more true when I reflect on my life as a teacher working with my students...
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The 1900's: Don't Stop Believin'
Recently my nine year old daughter said to me during a family conversation, “Well you did grow up in the 1900’s, Mom.”  Ha!  I almost fell over laughing because she is right! But when I think of the 1900's, I think of the early 1900's when my grandmother w...
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