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”,Continue Reading

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

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 weContinue Reading

What a year. What an experience. I started this job in the opening days of August 2018 as a new teacher fresh out of college at the age of 36. I attended my first employee orientation as a teacher. There were many firsts this year. First fight. First student IContinue Reading

I started off this year with 6th graders. It is my first year teaching. Some would suggest I had lost my mind. Others would say I threw myself from the frying pan into the fire. The truth is somewhere in the middle, but the reality of it was accompanied byContinue Reading

There’s plenty of markers I’ve made a note of in my head as my first year of teaching has hurtled along at several times the speed of light.  My first day is on the list.  My first week is another.  My first two weeks was labeled and celebrated.  That firstContinue Reading