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A Farewell to Arms

I’ve been blogging in one form or another for the better part of twenty five years.  I’ve written one so many topics and subjects – all starting from the age of 14 or so.  If we were to travel back to those original writings I’m sure we’d find problematic prose

The Long Way Round

We’re coming up on the anniversary of when everything shut down, and we all went inside in hopes of containing this virus, slowing it down, and finding a way to get back into our regular lives. Like Gollum, we were all very much deceived. What we knew a year ago

Into the Great Wide Open

The title of this post references the Tom Petty Album of the same name that was released on July 2nd, 1991. The songs on the album include – “Learning to Fly”, “Kings Highway”, “Into the Great Wide Open”, “The Dark of the Sun”, “All or Nothin’”, “All the Wrong Reasons”,

The End of Time, Part 2

The title of this post is in reference to the final set of episodes of David Tennant as The Doctor and given my theme of using movie titles, television episode titles, and song titles – I thought it appropriate.This post is an ongoing multi-post attempt at reflecting on 2020 and

The Teacher Life (2018-2020)

the life of a 6th grade literacy teacher

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.

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

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

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From College to Graduation to Employed

All Good Things, Part 1

Star Trek: The Next Generation’s series run came to an end with a emphatic two parter.  It remains one of the greatest ways to close out a legendary television show and the show runners knew how to close out the show.  The title of the shows was, “All Good Things”

Skyrim Revelation

Never let it be said that I’m a perfect and infallible teacher – because that’s simply never going to be the case.  We, as educators, are always under construction and learning every day as we teach.  For me, a moment like this occurred a few weeks ago.  I wrote this

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

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 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

The Gorilla Position

The Gorilla Position was named for Gorilla Monsoon – one of the biggest figures in the early days of the professional wrestling world.  Wikipedia describes it thusly, The staging area just behind the curtain where wrestlers come out to the ring, named after Gorilla Monsoon. Refers to a wrestler who

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

The Rookie

Up until this semester everything has followed the traditional school path.  Go to class. Attend the lecture with notebook and pen answering questions, participating at an acceptable level of activity and turn in the homework, essays and reading responses.  Do those things and you have a excellent chance at passing

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