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.

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 change required some hard decisions.  It hasn’t been without heartache – having to lose the social life I had to focus my time, effort, and energy […]

The Things You Carry

Being a teacher has always been a part of my life.  When I was in 5th grade, I made a classroom in a side closet and did lessons with my younger brother.  I had posters, whiteboards, and attendance sheets.  It was probably the nerdiest thing I’ve ever done in my life.  Eventually I grew up but could never really shake […]

Into The Mystic

Why yes, the headline refers to Van Morrison’s hit, which you can listen to here.  It’s been an alarming three months since I sat down to ponder my education, but I had my reasons.  I spent 205(!) hours working the some seriously amazing middle school students.  My college coursework broke me for about a week in the middle of the […]

The Things I Learned at CLAS 2016

You know that moment when you discover the kind of folks you knew existed – the ones that love the things you do, feed on the same energy you do and have a never ending passion to keep innovating their craft? I had that moment this weekend and it’s all thanks to this year’s Colorado Language Arts Society Regional Conference. […]

Columbine, Friend of Mine

Columbine. It’s a word that carries heavy emotional weight when spoken or written.  It’s been 17 years (as of tomorrow) since the first frenzied calls to 911 were made and the news began to spread throughout the community.  17 years since our idea of school security changed in an instant as two madmen engaged their plot to murder as many […]

How To Adult

I know.  When a 33 year old bachelor takes to his blog to pronounce an opinion on something there’s always a chance it’ll be a nothing burger filled with wild speculation sauce and empty positioning as a topping.  Here’s the thing – I think I’m right.  After fifteen or so years of learning how to be an adult I feel […]

Back To The Future, Part II

The second movie in trilogies is hit or miss.  Star Wars has one of the best.  Back to the Future is disappointing.  Lord of the Rings is acceptable.  Godfather Part II is timeless (let us not speak of Part III and Sofia Coppola).  Tomorrow begins my second full year in college.  And so I approach it with mixed feelings.

When the Honeymoon is Over

We’ve all experienced it.  We’ve all been there, done that and probably even managed to snag a shirt out of the deal.  That moment when that once new and wonderful thing suddenly becomes normal and routine.  It happens in everything and famously it’s why it’s called “The Honeymoon Phase” since the comparison seems to have been pulled from marriage.  Well, I’ve […]

One Day More

At long last the day has arrived. Tomorrow is the first day of school for a multitude of folks.  Freshman who were seniors just a few months ago will step foot into classrooms and start down the next road in their educational journey.  Books will be opened, notes will be taken and most of all – the future will begin […]

The Great Goodbye

In just under a month, my first full time school experience in twelve year begins and it’s rightly got me vexed.  There’s more moving parts in this process than I imagined.  There’s also the impending start date of August 18th looming very large on the horizon.  And the sixteen credits that will mark my fall semester.