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When education is hard to swallow

There are many times when education is hard to swallow. Look at education "reform" in this country. It's pathetic. But there are a lot more mundane day to day examples too. The truth is that we encounter these little things every day, sometimes so often that we fail to notice them. Sometimes when we do… Continue reading When education is hard to swallow

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Things Change

Things sure change don't they. I don't know what's changed, I just know that it has. I have fallen into a rut from which I'm not sure how to emerge. It's gotten into all the little crannies of my life too - my mental space, my physical energy, my ambitions, my relationships - the whole… Continue reading Things Change

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It’s already October

It is almost half way through October and the only colors that have changed in Florida are the colors of license plates as all the northern snowbirds begin to crawl their way down for the winter. Today was the coolest day we have had in eons, only hitting 77*F around 10am. It is now after… Continue reading It’s already October

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Another Day One

Somehow we're about to start a new school year. Again. As in, I'm still teaching. How? Who knows. I thought it would be interesting to take a little stroll down memory lane today and look back on the beginning of each school year I've taught, since they are all documented here. There are also some… Continue reading Another Day One

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Thoughts on Active Shooter Training

Once upon a time, when I first started teaching, Active Shooter training was different. In fact, my first school didn't have anything of the sort. But once I was teaching public school there was a 15 or so minute video we all had to watch and take some little quiz on, and that was that.… Continue reading Thoughts on Active Shooter Training

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Countdown

I've reached that part of the summer time when my countdown to the end of my freedom is in full force. Two weeks from yesterday I return to my little third grade classroom and begin yet another school year. So I have less than 14 days to revel in the summer time, and what am… Continue reading Countdown

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You Know You’re an Elem.Ed. Teacher When…

You get grammar songs stuck in your head. Overnight. You arrive at work in the dark, and leave in the dark, and are still taking grading home. Eating alone is a privilege. You carry your phone in your pocket as much as possible because it counts your steps and that's the most exercise you're ever… Continue reading You Know You’re an Elem.Ed. Teacher When…

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Hurricane Irma

Up until now the scariest thing about Florida has been how awful drivers are. Now it's a 50/50 toss up between shitty traffic navigators and a Cat 5 hurricane headed our way. Irma's a little scary, right? I just moved in with family (long story for another day) in Naples. I was already in Naples,… Continue reading Hurricane Irma

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Hesitation

I have become the master of hesitation. Whether it's deciding to put metaphorical pen to paper and write a damn post, or grading the papers I need to for school, or getting the exercise in to prepare for the Camino, or doing the soul searching it takes to make the big decisions in life... oh… Continue reading Hesitation

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Like Wildfire

This week has passed like wildfire. When I say that, I mean this terribly slow week has been overcome with the smoke of a nearby wildfire, making it even more tediously long and tough to get through. I didn't know wildfires were an issue in southwest Florida, but apparently when you have a dry season,… Continue reading Like Wildfire