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

Teaching is hard.  It is a challenging enterprise.  Don’t take this as whining, mind you.  Teaching should be hard.  It should push, challenge, stretch – force the teacher to continually be the learner through each day, month, and year as the career continues.  Teaching isn’t the same day after day. Continue Reading

I love writing reflections on this blog – having been doing it for the better part of six years it allows me to look at the time from the start of this madcap journey in January of 2014 to now through my various writings and musings I’ve put to keyboardContinue 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

I take some time to reflect on what we’ve learned, what we’ve experienced, and how we move forward as educators. Lots of questions, lots of thoughts, and still searching for answers as I look back on the last 370 days of my career as a 6th grade Literacy Teacher movingContinue 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

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

In the theme of closing out the year, I’ve taken up a unintentional tradition since 2014 – writing a blog post to mark the end of the year. I decided to sift through my previous attempts over the last five years to see how I had done over the yearsContinue Reading