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 bindContinue Reading

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.Continue Reading

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 suggestingContinue Reading

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 passingContinue Reading

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 andContinue Reading

I waxed poetic about BTTF: Part II (and plenty of other sequels) back in January as I shared my hopes for the start of the Spring 2015 semester.  You’re probably thinking that I’m going to dig up and reuse the theme as I approach Fall 2015.  You’re a regular Sherlock Holmes,Continue Reading

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 inContinue Reading

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 beContinue Reading

It’s here. The last seven days of freedom before this thing…this idea that I’ve put my hopes and dreams on – before it kicks on the thrusters and begins the epic journey to the moon. Sixteen credit hours await me starting next Monday and I start taking the long wayContinue Reading