This Site

Thirty six years ago, I student taught in a classroom at Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago.  I immediately fell in love with the school and I knew that teaching was my calling.  I have taught from then until now - and I hope to continue to teach and to learn through this site.  

I used to have a website, AwayToTeach - it was centered on the idea of teaching through technology - the name has oh so subtly changed - I do not offer the given Way, or the only Way, or even the best Way to teach.  It is only one way to teach - but it is mine (though learned from the many generous and brilliant teachers, friends, and students over the years) - and I do think that it worked, for me and for my students.  I have incorporated Remote Learning into this website as well - so the old Away to Teach lives on as well.

Before I can start putting my lessons up, I need to put them in some kind of order - that means both physical & digital.  I began by organizing (mostly) my binders.  For every class that I've taught - I've always kept a binder with the handouts, quizzes, reading materials that went with that unit (author/time period).  The first year that I taught I lost everything that I had done - I've always felt that was a good and necessary thing to happen.  It forced me to rethink my teaching, my lessons.  I've almost always revised a lesson - very rarely leaving it untouched from the year before - students change, time changes, reading change (less often).  It make sense to change my lessons, handouts, group works, etc.

1/27/2024  Again the process begins - just tidying up and working on navigation and a few blog posts.

7/7/2022 - I am transferring my files from my external harddrive onto my home computer.  There are hundreds of folders and thousands of files (there is lot done in three years) - I am not (sadly) meticulous about making backups - and some of the files/folders are corrupted, which may turn out to be bad news indeed.  But as far as I can tell it is 3 folders and one very large folder.

7/8/2022 I have been able to find two of the folders that were corrupted - the other two are either lost or I need to dig deeper.

7/15/2022 Starting to add content, beginning with the Google Classroom images from the past few years.  Not an actual working Google Classroom, but they do give a good idea of the structure of the class.  There are two versions - an IMAGE and a PDF - the PDF is especially useful for showing the questions and assignments, while the IMAGES show some of the extra content like video and audio, better.

2/2/2023 Time to come back - I knew I would know when - and I did.  I do.  I needed a breather - some distances so I could step back and see what I did, what I believe, and what I want to do.

2/6/2023 Fixing the "To Know We're Not Alone" quote - putting the intro stuff seen at the top of the page here...