Author: Mr. DeLay

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61 Days

There’s plenty of markers I’ve made a note of in my head as my first year of teaching has hurtled along at several times the speed of light.  My first day is on the...

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It’s been two weeks

4 years and change. Endless hours of homework, essay writing, field experience hours, stress filled days of student teaching, and the nervous nellying over getting a job.  All those roads lead to one final...

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Am I Ready?

Am I ready? It’s the question I’ve been asking as the countdown to that ephemeral first day of classes ticks closer and closer. It’s a terrible question, actually. Not because I shouldn’t be preparing...

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Episode 7: Setbacks and Classroom Management

Ms. Val Durfee is our guest and she’s talking about starting her career at 50 and being a non-traditional student throughout the journey. She also points out the glaring lack of discussion when it...

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Get Back On The Bike!

I have loved riding bikes since I was a little kid in Aloha, OR shredding the dust in my one gear BMX bike.  I remember the Christmas when I got a silver Schwinn with...

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Episode 5: Later in Life Teacher

Come for the conversation with Kelley McGuire in which she talks about the pros and cons of becoming a teacher later in life and what’s its like to navigate through that in your early...

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Episode 4: All Good Things Part 2

Mr. DeLay does a final reflection on what he’s learned in his four years at Metropolitan State University of Denver in this solo episode. He name checks Michelle Obama and Indiana Jones because they’re...

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Episode 3: Where The Home Is

It’s a solo episode where Mr. DeLay talks about how the theme of home has been interwoven in his journey to becoming a teacher and even being a teacher.

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All Good Things, Part 1

Star Trek: The Next Generation’s series run came to an end with a emphatic two parter.  It remains one of the greatest ways to close out a legendary television show and the show runners...

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Episode 2: Student Teachers No More

Come for the advice, the encouragement, the stories, the hope, the dreams, and the idea that student teaching is the best and the worst of times. Stay for everything being viewed through a growth...

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Skyrim Revelation

Never let it be said that I’m a perfect and infallible teacher – because that’s simply never going to be the case.  We, as educators, are always under construction and learning every day as...

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Episode 1 – Almost Student Teachers

Come for the honest conversation about student teaching, becoming a teacher, and what we’re (Mr. DeLay and guests) are doing to prepare for a semester of student teaching, stay for the comedy styling of...

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The Gift of Words

2017.  What a year.  I’ve been wrestling with how to write this post because this is my last post as a college student.  I’ve been writing about my experiences since January 2014 and every...

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A CLAS sized Shockabuku

In the movie “Grosse Pointe Blank”, John Cusack’s character is meeting up with his high school sweetheart on the eve of their high school reunion.  And they have a conversation about what he needs. ...

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The Penultimate Post

What a journey it has been. Since January of 2014 I’ve been on a path of rebirth, renew, and rebuilding.  It hasn’t been without pain – those moments where I found the need to...