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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,…

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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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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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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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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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Am I Ready?

Am I ready? It’s the question I’ve been asking as the countdown to that ephemeral first day of classes ticks…