Do you believe in magic? Well, the Electoral College sure does. It’s a magic number, and it’s 270. That’s the number you’ll see sprawled across the top of all the news channels on election day. It’s the number of electoral votes a candidate needs to win the presidential election. So I figured I’ll explain the […]
I read through the spreadsheet that my department head sent, and my heart sank. World History and Sociology. I really wanted U.S. History and civics. Especially during an election year. I mean, how am I going to teach the election in sociology? I taught AP government & Politics during the 2016 election, and it was […]
I’m proud that my school district changed Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day. It’s super important to recognize indigenous people. I’m sure there were a ton of people who had an atomic wedgie over it, but… It was the right move. That got me thinking. What did I learn about indigenous people in my K-12 […]
Imagine this. You’re standing in front of your class. You’re about to teach start your lesson about segregation by law. You know, de jure segregation. You’re looking out at your students. Ok, let’s be real. You’re most likely sitting in front of your computer looking at your students on Zoom. Or in my case, Google […]
There’s a meme going around that people like to send to me because, you know, I’m a teacher. I probably think it’s funny. I’m sure you’ve seen it. It’s the one about history teachers trying to teach about 2020. Click here, if you haven’t seen it. My first reaction is “so true.” Or “yeah, this […]
I wasn’t going to say anything. I really wasn’t. Then a thought flashed through my brain. If we were in school right now, the kids would definitely come to class and ask: “Miss, what you do you think about Kanye running for president?” or “Did you hear Kanye is running for president?” or “Can we […]
“I already won the lottery. I was born in the U-S of A baby.” – Creed Bratton (My fellow The Office fans will recognize this one). I post this quote from The Office every year on the 4th of July. I post it because I love this country. Now, just because I believe America is […]
Think back to what you learned about the Civil Rights Movement. My bet is that you learned that it started in the 1950s when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus. I mean, why wouldn’t she? She was a tired old lady who was trying to get home from work. Then […]
A few weeks ago, I posted on Facebook asking people to tell me topics they’d like me to write about. One of my friends responded with Juneteenth. I immediately thought, “ooof, I know what it is, but I don’t know much about it.” As someone who has always been interested in black history and issues […]
“Finally!” I said to myself as I walked up to the counter. This was my third time at the DMV to get a Tennessee license. Yup, you read that right. THIRD. I try to stay positive most of the time, but I couldn’t help thinking, “no wonder everyone hates the DMV.” Long story short, I […]
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