My name is Tricia Buck.  I teach English at Turpin High School in the Forest Hills School District in Cincinnati, Ohio.  I love my life, adore my husband and three children, and feel extremely fortunate to be a 21st century learner alongside my students.

This blog is intended to be my reflection and record of  life on my path as learner, teacher, traveler, wife, mother, and friend.  The inspiration to take the first step came largely from Will Richardson, whose visit to my school a few years ago opened my eyes.  As a team leader in the Illinois-Ohio Cohort of Powerful Learning Practice with Will and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach for 2008-09 I am continually inspired and remain committed to keeping my eyes, mind, and heart open…

I believe greatly in the power of networking with other passionate learners and thinkers.  I am triciabuck on twitter and I welcome your follow!

The tagline for my blog, “If you are a dreamer, come in…” is painted on the back wall of my classroom, B304, where each student can see it upon entering.  I seek to invite my students to dream, and to join me on the exciting  journey of learning.  The line comes from Shel Silverstein, my very first poet inspiration, in his poem Invitation featured below:


If you are a dreamer, come in.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer . . .
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire,
For we have some flax golden tales to spin.
Come in!
Come in!




  1. You are an amazing teacher, inspired student, and spiritual seeker. Your courage to chart a course into an “unknown” makes me take stock of my own presumed fears and challenge myself to travel to places I have not before ventured. I am so very proud of you.
    Continue to lead. Continue to believe.
    Thank you, Tricia.

  2. I’m really lovin’ this whole blog thing!!
    Maybe i’ll start one soon…who knows!
    Great first blog! So inspiring, as usual.
    I can’t wait to read your future posts!!

  3. I love your words AND photograph! Approaching each day as a journey makes our trip to Berlin, Prague, and the Alps seem like just another step on the path….okay, a really big step! I always look forward to time spent with you and thoroughly enjoyed yesterday. Thanks, Andrea

    • Andrea, you know you are one of my biggest inspirations in school and life! You are such a welcoming spirit and a willing traveler, thanks for including me on your journey!

  4. I discovered your blog through the VLE and was excited when I saw your tagline. I also believe in encouraging my students to dream and it’s very obvious when you enter my room. The power of dreams at any age is amazing!
    Great job on the blog!

    • Hi Christy, glad to have you as a fellow dreamer in the VLE!

  5. Tricia,

    Optimism is what drives learning. Without it, the flame is snuffed. Clearly, you are an igniter. Glad you are in my PLN!

    • Thanks Jon! There is power in the supportive network of passionate teacher/learners!

  6. Yeah – I’m a dreamer:


    Thanks for your blog. I’ll be following!

  7. From one paperless teacher to another… nice work.

  8. Tricia-
    I am in awe of you! 🙂 Amazing! Thanks for inspiring me when I feel a little tired of trudging forward toward our PLP goals! 🙂
    “We shall overcome…”
    Keep it up sister!!!

  9. Tricia:

    I admire what you’ve done with your classroom. I’m now subscribing to your blog, and I’ll be eager to read the updates on how your paperless experiment is going and how you’re reshaping how education happens. Inspiring!

  10. Heeeey Mrs. Buck! Its Katie Hatfield….i’m officially blogging for the first time in my life! maybe you could read my stuff sometime???? 🙂

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