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 […]

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 […]

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 Ms. Curtis as we regale you with the sorta true story of her dog Hank and his erstwhile letters to the (late) Patrick Swayze. We’re still […]

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 new semester has been a challenge and a benefit.  As I was counting down to the end of my classes, I was trying to figure out […]

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.  Minnie Driver’s character suggests he needs a “Shockabuku” which she translates as a spiritual kick to the side of the head that alters your reality – […]

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. […]

The Theory of Everything

Theories are wonderful things.  They are helpful in examining an issue or an idea.  They allow us to apply the scientific method and test various variables.  Again – wonderful thing.  Except when it comes to English and specifically composition theory.  You see, there’s a theory for everything composition under the sun, moon and yes, even Pluto. It’s astounding to read […]

Cool Runnings

In 1993 one of the greatest sports movies was released and the title kicks off today’s post.  But it shares more than just a nifty side note on the early 90’s and how much fun movies were (they were, trust me) or a chance for me to talk about a time when I was alive.  It has a moment at […]

The Two Towers

Ah, Lord of the Rings.  One of the trilogies that (for the most part) works efficiently, effectively and excellently.  It also works as a literary and cinematic metaphor to draw comparisons up against my current college experience.   I’m facing down the first tower this semester and it’s been a challenge.  I’m juggling 18 credit hours, a part time job and […]

On Like Donkey Kong

Thirteen days.  312 hours. 18,720 minutes.  The countdown to my fifth semester at Metropolitan State University of Denver has begun in earnest.  It’s that moment in a (well written & directed) film when the audience realizes the challenge that lays ahead for our hero.  There is plenty at stake and a plethora of people depending on our svelte swashbuckler.  The […]

Know When to Walk Away

You would have thought I had learned my lesson.  I wrote briefly here about it in August of 2014.  Alas, I still struggle with accepting and understanding how much bandwidth and capacity exists within me.  This semester I figured I could take 18 credits hours.  That’s six classes for those of you playing along on the home game.  It started […]

Coming into Gambon

That title may not make any sense to you but if you’re a fan of the UK Top Gear than you’re nodding your head.  Here’s a link to the Top Gear Site that’ll help you understand the track.  The short answer is that on the test track where Top Gear UK runs the cars there’s multiple corners and points of interest. […]

Hello Darkness My Old Friend

It is a harbinger of doom.  A dark cloud upon a fading horizon.  Satan, Beelzebub, Evil.  A bad moon on the rise.  A thousand suns burning for an eternity could not attempt to pain a picture of my hate, displeasure and  general distaste for this one thing.  It will be the one thing standing between me and graduation.  That one […]

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.