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 […]

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 […]

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 […]