About Me

I’m a teacher. I teach high school readers and writers, specifically focusing on Readers Workshop this year. While I am in my eighteenth year of teaching English, I’m new at the workshop model. I’m finding traction with it, and I think it’s worth sharing. I wish everyone success. It’s totally possible.

Contact: Swinehart.Julie at gmail.com

Twitter: @SwinehartJulie

Any and all opinions expressed on this blog are mine. I might change my mind later, but right now this is what I think and feel.

Take it or leave it.

This blog doesn’t reflect the opinions or beliefs of my family, friends, employer, colleagues, or others, as far as I know. But you can ask them if you’d like to.

I’m not an expert. I’m a learner. This blog isn’t peer-reviewed or necessarily even research-based. Reader beware!

I’m doing my best to be honest, ethical, and kind when writing this blog. I tell my students each day to be safe, legal, ethical, moral, and nice, so I might as well try to do the same.

I like what Emerson says about being able to change one’s mind:
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day.”

I’ll try not to use too many “hard words” – keeping things soft and kind seems like a better idea. Please allow me to change my mind with dignity and grace if I need to. I’ll offer you the same deal.

If you want to use my words, I simply ask that you give me credit for them.

Let me know what you think. I’m interested.