About Mrs. Chili

English teacher, reader, writer, all-around lover of language and its eloquent use.  I hold an MA in English teaching and am currently employed at Tiny Community College as an adjunct professor of English.  I believe in cooperation and collaboration, which is why I started blogging in the first place.  Comments are always welcomed!

50 responses to “About Mrs. Chili

  1. Hey you! I’ve lost your email addy. Please email me as I would be delighted to help you with the HTML (such as I might).


  2. abbyg

    I saw your comment on tenseteacher and had to come check your blog out. I am an instructor for introductory writing for mass communication. A major part of my class is teaching grammar and punctuation along with journalism writing. I loved getting to read about you and your students. I think you are handling the megadeath dave situation better than I would. I am still new at this, so who am I to even comment on your situation, but I think you are dealing with it in the right way. I always forget to include the higher-ups when dealings get sticky with students, so that is a positive thing. I look forward to keeping up with you and your students. Thanks for your willingness to share with your blog!

  3. I’m thrilled to have found your blog. I teach instructional technology to K-20 educators (by chance) and college writing (by choice) 🙂

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog–I subscribed and will add you to my blogroll as a resource.

    I look forward to reading more.


  4. Ms. Education

    Hi there — I’ve just started a teaching blog for myself, and came across yours. Can I add you to my blogroll?

    Ms. Education

  5. Ms. Education, I’m happy you’re here and I’d LOVE for you to add me to your blogroll. If you come back and read this, leave me YOUR blog address – I tried to email you at the address you left with this comment above to ask for your URL, but my message came back to me as undeliverable. When I know where to find you, I’ll add you to my blogroll, too.

    Your avatar says “deaf child at play.” Are you in Deaf Ed.?


  6. May I add you to my Blogroll?????

    I enjoy reading your stories – 🙂

  7. I have a Grammar Wednesday idea… what’s your email address?


  8. Dear Mrs. Chili/fellow blogger,
    I would love your opinion on online privacy and applications that support this concept. May I send you an email?

  9. At what e-mail address should I contact you about Gone Baby Gone?

    Here is mine: drpezz@hotmail.com

  10. Dear Education Blogger,

    I just wanted to make sure that you were invited to our education “Blogger Summit”. We hope you can make it and feel free to share this invitation with any other bloggers in the area that might be interested. The invitation is attached below.

    ED In ’08 Blogger Summit


    Strong American Schools is excited to announce the ED in ’08 Blogger Summit. Conference details are as follows:

    May 14th – 15th
    Palomar Hotel, Washington DC
    Registration is Free!

    An opening reception is scheduled on the evening of Wednesday, May 14th. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served before the screening of a new documentary film on education, Two Million Minutes. A Q&A session with the filmmakers is set to follow.

    Then join us for an all-day conference on May 15th. Nowhere else will you have an opportunity to meet and network with fellow education bloggers, participate in panels, attend workshops, and help tackle some tough questions on the state of education in America.

    Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP today!

    Register at http://edin08.com/bloggersummit/

  11. hello
    i saw your comment about the banned book bracelet
    i made it and its on my site
    http://carolynforsman.com or on amazon.com

    in time for banned books week in september

    i also have a new Obama pin, made from the front page of the June 4 Chicago Tribune “obama makes history”.

    ain’t the internet grand

  12. I don’t normally tout my own site, but I think my latest post is right up your alley since you are the Grammar Goddess and all. 🙂


  13. H.


    I’m H. and I work in a company interested in blog advertising. I found your blog engaging and I’m contacting you to ask if you are interested in blog post sponsorship.

    If you are interested, kindly mail back at k5sino@bigstring.com, indicating your blog for reference, and I’ll send you back pricing details, guidelines and processes. Looking forward to doing business with you.



  14. drtombibey

    Hey mrschili,

    I just turned in my MS revision, and my agent will see what he can do. If no one picks it up in six months or so, we’ll self publish.

    I just posted on my “tour” plans. If you know of book stores in your area that might host such an event, I hope you’ll leave me a comment.

    Hope you and all the chilis had a wonderful holiday. We are all great here.

    All the best,

    Dr. B

  15. Can

    I just found your blog.It is very interesting and informative blog.There are many things to learn from here..

    thanks for sharing..

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  17. I’m also an English teacher in my country, Indonesia. Nice for you to know that English is the first foreign language in my country and is taught from elementary scholl to college. But, to the best of my knowledge, only few learners succeded learning it. Sometimes it hurts when it’s said that it’s all due to the English teachers’ incompetence.
    At least I have done my best.

  18. Resources section at the end of this paper. ,

  19. Evelyn


    I am helping to promote a book, “What Else But Home – Seven Boys and an American Journey Between the Projects and the Penthouse.” Please let me know if you are interested in having a discussion about sponsorship!

    Thanks so much,
    Evelyn Frison

  20. roadwarrior

    Mrs. Chili,
    This email is long overdue. I found your blog right before Thanksgiving, but had to post final grades decompress from a stressful semester. Your experiences mirror mine. I teach communication courses, freshman English & Speech as an adjunct. So piecing together work as you know can be a full-time job. I am strongly considering using blogging as a way to engage my English students and see better results and participation in reading. The premise is that to be able to post, you first have to read. I thought since they love facebook and other social networking sites, that this may not seem like “homework” to them in the traditional sense. Any help you can offer to point me on the right path to getting started on setting up a class blog will be appreciated. I’m not sure which platform will be easiest to navigate.
    Thank you so much for sharing. Back to tweaking my syllabi.

  21. Patrick Sneyd

    If you were to correct the following –
    Alcohol and drug abuse can be aggravating factors also. and patients must be asked about it.

    what would your correction be?

  22. Dear Mrs Chili–

    I came across a post of yours that I liked very much. I am also working on a magazine on education for my community here in Escondido, San Diego. I am wondering if I can reproduce your post in the magazine. The magazine is intended to inspire students to talk about their education; to serve as a forum for parents and educators as well as students in terms of education.

    I post this because there is no contact information. Please vivit my blog at citronetsel.blogspot.com to learn more about me or at youthforwardmag.com to learn about the magazine.

    Please contact me to speak further–hnajera[at]yahoo[dot]com.


  23. Hello Mrs. Chili–

    I received your response and apologize for mixing up my e-mail address. What I meant to write was: hnajera[at]youthforwardmag[dot]com. I appreciate your interest; if you can, please get in touch with me…


  24. Dear Mrs. Chili:

    I enjoy reading your blog, and was wondering if you would like to do a link exchange. My book blog’s url is educationanddeconstruction.com. Every week, I make a nonfiction book recommendation in the topic areas of education, history, technology, biography and/or humor. I have already put up your link. Please reply if you would like to do a link exchange. Thank you.


    Sally Friedman

  25. I know I should probably know this already, but I don’t. How do I get my picture to appear on th icon on next to my name on a post? I can’t figure it out. Can someone help?


    • I think that you have to have a wordpress account in order to get your picture to come up on your comments; otherwise, you get the randomly generated icon thingy that you get. Give that a try and let me know what happens.



  26. Hi Mrs. Chili,

    I wanted follow up with you regarding Bing’s new contest (www.bing.com/education) to help teachers, parents, students and the community make a difference at their local schools.

    15 finalists will compete to receive either one $100k grand prize or 3 first place prizes of $50K each. While the economy has taken a toll on funding our schools, Bing has launched this program to bring much needed resources back into the school system.

    Happy to chat further and send you details – shoot me an email! Thanks.

  27. Hi there Mrs. Chili,
    I am in a teacher certification program and will graduate this spring certified k-8th grade. We have been learning the importance of collaboration as well and are required to keep a blog and website through our experience. I enjoyed reading your blog and will be adding it to my blog roll. Cheers! Ms. Bell

  28. M

    I found your blog through another teacher’s blog (I don’t even remember who at this point) and I fully appreciate your sense of humor!

  29. Ciara Johnson

    I’ve been trying to put together a syllabus for a new “Film as Literature” course for my students and your postings have been very helpful. Would you consider sharing your formal syllabus with me? I’m interested in the types of assignments you have fund the most successful with your students and would appreciate any help you would be willing to share.


  30. mrs. chili is quailty teacher =)

  31. Please contact me about blog collaborations.

    Thank you in advance.


  32. As a fellow teacher I fell in love with your blog! I’ve just started a blog of my own detailing my first year of teaching as I attempt to survive it (http://secretsfromthefrontlines.blogspot.com/). Would it be all right if I added a link on my site to yours?

  33. “I believe in cooperation and collaboration”: Absolutely I agree with you :-). Blogging makes the world smaller and smaller.

  34. Yes, it does; but, conversely, it also opens the world up! I would never have met some truly wonderful people were it not for my blog!

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  36. Do you accept any guest posts on your website. If you could let me know via email that would be great, thanks!

  37. Ms. Chilli,

    Thank you for a wonderful Article, my professor talked about this subject recently last week, about the teacher/student/parent relationship and home work.

  38. I am using English everyday for my work. In fact, my English skills have improved not so much because I just read and comprehend documents to be essential to my thesis. I think, therefore, the best way we want to change these limitations of learning English is to communicate as much as possible. I hope I can get a working position at certain country uses English as an official languages.

  39. Anonymous

    I think it’s is great to have this site; thank you!
    J. Michael Brower

  40. Bethany Stoddard

    I am so very excited to have found your blog! I was browsing the Web for some examples of frightfully bad grammar (set off by a terrible email my father received), and I managed to find my way to your website. I am always happy to find people who have an appreciation of grammar, punctuation, and all of the other components of our language.

    I often feel as if I’m the only person alive who cares about such things, and I am nearly certain that I am the only student at my school who does. I feel some of your pain! I am lucky to have an English teacher who cares deeply for language and a mother who does as well. (She’s raised me quite well; she’s had me following in her footsteps for years!) I hope you have many students who appreciate you, too; you certainly seem to have their best interests, and the English language’s, at heart. Well, perhaps more so English’s than the students’, but that is not such a bad thing!

    I must apologize for any grammatical or punctuational errors. I know my grammar is not perfect, but I love to learn more about our language whenever I can. I hope I may learn a thing or two from your blog! I know I’ve enjoyed browsing it so far.

  41. Dear Ms. Chili,
    I read about you in John Owen’s Book. I would love to connect with you about my science teacher network and writing. Please feel free to email me directly at LisaNiverRajna (at) Gmail (dot) com.
    I run WeSaidGoTravel and ScienceIsntScary.
    Have so many education ideas to chat with you about!

  42. In short, you’ll never be able to compete with the big general
    movie blogs like TCM or Movie – Fan – Fare, so why bother.
    This can be a great option for families that want to plan reunions and more.

  43. Matt

    Hello, Mrs. Chili!

    My name is Matt, and I help run TeamBuildingActivitiesForKidsCentral.com. We’re a free online resource that helps teachers build team spirit and togetherness in the classroom. We’re a new site, but we’ve been getting some great feedback (and we’re kind of thrilled!).

    I noticed that you’ve listed a few teacher sites in your “Blogroll” section. Would you include our site on your list? If you’d like to check us out to make sure we’re up to your standards, please swing by at http://www.TeamBuildingActivitiesForKidsCentral.com.

    And—if there’s anything we can do for you, please let us know! The teacher blogging community is kind of spectacular that way.

    Either way—thank you, and all the best!


  44. I am considering using one of your posts for the college writing textbook I’m writing. Could you please provide your email or send me an email?

  45. Alisha M.

    Please know that you are heaven sent! I too am a burgeoning teacher, faced with the task of teaching a new subject and I have no living idea where to start. Correction– I have too many ideas and no strategic plan. This was helpful and short of plagiarizing, I was highly inspired by your plan. Thank you again!

  46. Heather Patillo

    Mrs. Chili,
    I am the department head of a small high school where we do not yet have English electives; however, some day I would like to teach a Film as Literature class. Could I use your syllabus please? I will probably tweak it a bit to fit my community, but the description and objectives are perfect.

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