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Know When to Hold ‘Em

I love writing reflections on this blog – having been doing it for the better part of six years it…

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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…

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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…

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Episode 16 – A COVID Retrospective

I take some time to reflect on what we’ve learned, what we’ve experienced, and how we move forward as educators….

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The Next Great Mayhaps

We all have a dream.  It is that thing we all wish for, desire, and stop in wonder every so…

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The End of Everything

Teaching is a complicated mess of ideologues, pedagogues, and demagogues. Across this great country are a panoply of public, private,…

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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…

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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…

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Once Upon a September

For those of us who were alive or conscious enough to witness it – there is a day in September…

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What I Wish

What I wish to say to the teaching world as a whole is that we have lots of work to…

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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…

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Episode 9 – New Teachers – The struggle, the learning, and the future

Join Kris (English) and Clint (Social Studies) as we talk about the job search, being a non-traditional student, our relationship…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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When @thelivbits became a mentor text in my classroom

There are moments as a teacher when you wonder if the crazy idea that pounced on you as you rolled…

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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…