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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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February 6th

At some point it was Thanksgiving and Christmas, and then it was the New Year, 2019, and then the longest month of my entire life, January, and now thankfully, it is February. My students are taking a grammar quiz in which they have to analyze and diagram sentences containing compounds. It'll probably take them a… Continue reading February 6th

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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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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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Hello again…

It seems unreal that the last chance I got to assemble a post was just before Irma hit us. I feel bad that I never resurfaced to say that we were okay, but I'm here to say it now. We didn't get power back for what felt like forever, and internet and phones took even… Continue reading Hello again…

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The Adventure Continues

She sat herself down on the couch with a sense of determination and a vacuous look in her eyes. She wanted to say something but she wasn't quite sure what. Fairly par for the course. At least all the circumstances had lined up to finally write something - no work left to do at home,… Continue reading The Adventure Continues

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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