The Middle School Teacher Life ('18-20)

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Hold Fast

Teaching is hard.  It is a challenging enterprise.  Don’t take this as whining, mind you.  Teaching should be hard.  It should push, challenge, stretch – force the teacher to continually be the learner through each day, month, and year as the career continues.  Teaching isn’t the same day after day.  It’s a new ballgame every morning with adjusted rules on […]

Know When to Hold ‘Em

I love writing reflections on this blog – having been doing it for the better part of six years it allows me to look at the time from the start of this madcap journey in January of 2014 to now through my various writings and musings I’ve put to keyboard and screen. The bittersweet piece of it is the threads […]

The Five Most Important Words For Teachers

There’s an old adage in education that was once told to new teachers.  It was, “Don’t smile until December”.  The concept was that you wanted to start out heavy handed and restrictive in your classroom management so that you could eventually, by December, start to unloosen the ties that bind your classroom.  There was always caution about doing the reverse […]

Into The Mystic, Part II

I love creating blog headlines that connect to either songs, or movies. I also try and connect what I’m writing to the headline. Often, I miss the mark. Or I have to write a paragraph explaining why I chose the movie, or piece of music. I love the song this post references (Van Morrison in great form), but it also […]

Episode 16 – A COVID Retrospective

I take some time to reflect on what we’ve learned, what we’ve experienced, and how we move forward as educators. Lots of questions, lots of thoughts, and still searching for answers as I look back on the last 370 days of my career as a 6th grade Literacy Teacher moving into alternative high school education.

The Next Great Mayhaps

We all have a dream.  It is that thing we all wish for, desire, and stop in wonder every so often to imagine us doing that one thing.  We all have a dream. It might be a small dream that we quietly resolve to do before we leave this place. Or it might be a massive dream – one that […]

The End of Everything

Teaching is a complicated mess of ideologues, pedagogues, and demagogues. Across this great country are a panoply of public, private, charter, magnet, and assorted other types of bodies of education focused on any number of ideas on how to teach and educate the ages of one to eighteen. My future boss at the alternative high school here has a saying […]

Back on the Bike with a Vengeance

I’ve been spending some time reflecting back on the last six years (!) that have passed since January 2014 (post here) marked my return to college thirteen years after taking a break from my degree. Here I sit in January of 2020 with a year and a half of teaching under my belt – wondering and dreaming of what this […]

2019 Wasn’t That Bad, Right?

In the theme of closing out the year, I’ve taken up a unintentional tradition since 2014 – writing a blog post to mark the end of the year. I decided to sift through my previous attempts over the last five years to see how I had done over the years in looking back on the year but also to see […]

Once Upon a September

For those of us who were alive or conscious enough to witness it – there is a day in September in which we will pause in our conversations, in our daily routine, or just as we’re driving down the road. It will happen several times throughout the day as we check the date or ask what day it is from […]

What I Wish

What I wish to say to the teaching world as a whole is that we have lots of work to do. From being open and honest about the texts we teach to the discussion of our imperfect and troubled history – we have so much to tackle and address as teachers in 2019. Racism, bigotry, and antisemitism are significant issues […]

Let Me Tell You

What a year. What an experience. I started this job in the opening days of August 2018 as a new teacher fresh out of college at the age of 36. I attended my first employee orientation as a teacher. There were many firsts this year. First fight. First student I had to ask to leave my classroom. First redemption story […]

Why It Matters To Me

I started off this year with 6th graders. It is my first year teaching. Some would suggest I had lost my mind. Others would say I threw myself from the frying pan into the fire. The truth is somewhere in the middle, but the reality of it was accompanied by the fact that I hadn’t experienced 6th graders in a […]

Beware The One Direction

Oh my giddy aunt. I think I’ve had it. I’m done. I quit. I resign, effective immediately. I cannot take it anymore. What’s that you say? I have to still pay bills, rent, and support my family? Well, bollocks. Maybe I should write out my feelings. You know, use my words? Remaining gainfully employed sounds like a good life choice […]

Episode 11 – Why She Read and Why Everyone Should Write

We have Professor Monica Fuglei from Arapahoe Community College with us and she’s talking about her own story with education (including how her folks got a call b/c she was “reading too much”) and how came to be a professor.  Monica also talks about dealing with the teaching experience as a first year and beyond.  She also pontificates pointedly about […]

Episode 10 – Paul the Educational Outsider

We’ve made it to ten episodes!  And to that end, we bring in an outsider to education.  Paul joins the program to talk about distance learning, business model stuff, and how do we change, fix, upgrade, address, and/or triage education without losing the plot?  Be ready to be challenged plenty by Paul and his view of the world of education.