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Diderot

Diderot

I recently read a story about an occurrence in the life of Denis Diderot, the 18th century French philosopher.  It came from a Ted talk by Amy Curry regarding her work, Presence.  It told how Diderot was stymied in a debate on a topic and felt self-conscious and even...
Thank you DAR

Thank you DAR

I am deeply honored in being named the Pennsylvania State Society Daughters of the American Revolution Outstanding American History Teacher.  It has been my vocation to teach young minds the story of our country and I have relished it.  Being recognized is humbling...
Dandelions

Dandelions

My father was an immigrant from Portugal. He came to the United States in 1923 at age 11 through Ellis Island. In Europe as in most parts of the world, soccer is the universal sport. But in the United States in the 1920s, there was a new sport that was gaining...
The Chalk Award

The Chalk Award

The Chalk Award was not pre-meditated. It arrived into my consciousness as a lark. I put the date at 2005. But don’t hold me to this. I was always enchanted by the chalk dust that was left at the end of a good day of teaching and learning. I remember banging my...
Butterfly Pin

Butterfly Pin

The Monarch Butterfly is known by scientists as Danaus plexippus, which in Greek means “sleepy transformation.” Each adult butterfly lives only about four to five weeks.  But one of the many wonders of the Monarchs is the annual creation of a unique “Methuselah...
Bob on Teaching

Bob on Teaching

I started my teaching career in 1969 so I guess that I have been teaching in six decades.  I want to make it to the seventh. Why? Because being a teacher is both an honor and a vocation.  But let me define teacher in the purest sense.  A teacher is a consummate...