Sometimes you just have to write…

When does it end for victims of bullying?

Where are the perpetrators? They must also be us.

December 14, 2013 · 2 Comments

Nine tips on how to talk to a teacher (Part 2)

In my last post I listed four tips on how to talk to a teacher. Here are five more tips for that parent-teacher meeting: Do not wag your finger at … Continue reading

October 23, 2013 · 2 Comments

Nine tips on how to talk to a teacher (Part 1)

Teachers are human, like anyone else. They’re not perfect. They make mistakes sometimes. But, unless we’re talking about the extremely rare pedophile pervert or raving psychopath who’s found her[1] way … Continue reading

October 20, 2013 · 11 Comments

Being sick

I was speaking a soft sort of croak that my colleagues jokingly called “sexy.” I think in reality it was more creepy than sexy.

September 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Fashion is unfair

Girls are the ones who are most critical of their own appearance, yet they’re the ones we pressure into wearing clothing that exposes every possible blemish, bump, tiny spot of cellulite, pimple…

August 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Tinkerbell (without the wings) in my head

… this little voice (I picture a Tinkerbell-sized woman, but without the wings.) was talking non-stop ..

August 28, 2013 · Leave a comment


  If I hear one more person say “But you teachers get such nice long vacations!” I think I’ll scream! Yes, we get long vacations: I have five weeks this … Continue reading

July 9, 2013 · 4 Comments

Smelly teenage boys

I was walking across campus at the secondary school where I teach the other day, when I passed a rather nondescript group of teenage boys. This is something I would … Continue reading

June 8, 2013 · 2 Comments

L is for language: teen-speak

  Spending so much time with teenagers, both at home and at work, means that I have to keep up with the constant changes in the language that young people … Continue reading

April 13, 2013 · 2 Comments

E is for Education (or, how to improve the quality of any educational system in the world in three easy steps)

  Here is another “modest proposal” to add to the one about teenage boys that I wrote a while back. Everyone, in just about every country in the world, thinks … Continue reading

April 5, 2013 · 5 Comments