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 […]

The End and The Begin

How do you measure a year? In the now cult classic musical Rent, they measure a year in song and it’s a song I start singing as the days in the current year slip away hour by hour. There’s plenty of ways to measure a year, but I’m going to focus on the big things that happened this year and […]

You Will Hit a Wall

It’s December. Two weeks to go until winter break. As a new teacher, you need to be ready for this moment. Because in this moment, you’re going to want to quit, run away, and never return. It’s that moment of fight or flight and we’re desperate for a flight outta town. You won’t imagine feeling this way in August, September, […]

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 list.  My first week is another.  My first two weeks was labeled and celebrated.  That first month, phew.  I certainly felt a wave of relief pass […]

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 exit – Teaching.  I’ve made it two weeks and two days.  I’m starting my third week as I write this entry.  What can I tell you?  […]

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 and planning – that’s part of the job. But the crux of the question is suggesting that despite four years of college, a year and a […]

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 like 5 gears and I was apocalyptic.  It was my favorite thing.  I don’t remember much of the gifts my parents earnestly saved for but the […]