Category Archives: education

Day of the Red Pen

Morning alarm at 4 AM. Walk the school track in Pre-dawn moonlight. Usually 3-4 miles and plan for the day ahead. All alone or so I thought. What was that approaching? Oh, no! Mr. Skunk.  What do I do? What if … Continue reading

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Ten Important Considerations for Parents

With an almost fifty year teaching career behind me, I offer reflections about what works and what does not work when rearing and educating children. As we commence a new school year, these might be of note to parents. Allow … Continue reading

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Education – Then and Now

The Principal of my mother’s high school in Massachusetts was also a teacher. What a novel idea for today’s schools. After being assigned a mandatory study hall in high school, my mother was dismayed until she discovered her Principal also … Continue reading

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Auf Wiedersehen, Until Next Time

The German expression auf Wiedersehen seems less final than goodbye in English which implies forever or farewell. The German appears hopeful and means until we see one another again. At the conclusion of both Fulbright experiences in Germany, the Director … Continue reading

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Treasure the Gifts of the Past

With flowers, trees, birds and bees in full bloom now and bustling activity, I reflect this Memorial Day Weekend on family and especially those who have served in the military. Each year my husband puts up hanging flower baskets on … Continue reading

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Hands Across the Ocean

When I began teaching German some 48 years ago, I envisioned being able to connect my students to native speakers in Germany.  It would take technology some time to catch up to my dreams of what a classroom should look … Continue reading

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How Learning German Changed My Life

What do you consider most important in your life? Looking back, was there a single turning point in your life which made you who you are today? Probably, like most of us, life’s most eventful moments come in a series … Continue reading

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