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 agoContinue Reading

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

I love creating blog headlines that connect to either songs, or movies. I also try and connect what I’m writing to the headline. Often, I miss the mark. Or I have to write a paragraph explaining why I chose the movie, or piece of music. I love the song thisContinue Reading

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 futureContinue Reading

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 teachingContinue 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

It’s December. Two weeks to go until winter break. As a new teacher, you need to be ready for this moment. Because in this moment, you’re going to want to quit, run away, and never return. It’s that moment of fight or flight and we’re desperate for a flight outtaContinue 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