"I don't want to do this, it's too hard." "I'm triggered." "Why did you smack him?" "I thought he took my pencil." "Where is the pencil?" "I found it in my pocket..." These are direct quotes from my students, middle schoolers who are hormonal and dramatic and lazy. They refuse to learn some days and, … Continue reading Put on some lipstick & pull yourself together
I have something to say. I expect J to open doors for me. I expect him to walk me to my car at the end of a date. I expect him to help me with my coat and offer to carry my shopping bags (which, no joke, are usually his shopping bags). Now, I don't … Continue reading Let men be men by letting boys be boys.
So here we are, friends. 11 classes, 275 students, and 79 batches of GAK later, and I’m finally staring down the last week of my student teaching experience. After the first week, I wrote some tips for survival. They were all true and exceedingly helpful. But oh, how much I’ve learned in the last few … Continue reading The End of the Road | Internship Recap
As I near my the end of my internship *cue choir of angels*, I find myself in the unique position of needing a teaching job in January. Normally an August to June gig, trying to find a job for the spring is equal parts luck and well-timed maternity leave. Trying to stay hopeful, I recalled … Continue reading Just stop ‘Just’ing | Finding My Voice
One morning, I hit a deer on my way to work. Understandably, I was a bit scattered when I walked in the front door of my school. A student immediately cornered me for help on his Atoms and Period Table study guide for the test I'm giving on Wednesday while another student tried to explain why … Continue reading Drink the coffee and do the things | Leaving your baggage at the door
Welcome, September! The romantic comedy classic You've Got Mail, Tom Hanks' Joe Fox describes fall as a time when he feels the need to buy school supplies and wishes to send his online love a bouquet of sharpened pencils. Joe, I'm with you. Fall is my favorite time of year and September is its gatekeeper. … Continue reading 5 Things in September
I have to wear an ID badge at work. I must have it on at all times while I'm in the building or at a school function. It allows me to be identified as a "staff" member (sort of...I don't get paid to be there) instead of a threat to National Security. In a constant effort … Continue reading Wildly Identifiable | Easy ID Lanyard DIY
I spent today hunched over my computer as I dredged through a backlog of email so impressive I could star in my own episode of Hoarders: Buried Alive - Virtual Edition. Classy. I'm doing my best to get caught up before school starts and all hell breaks loose. If you've followed along, you probably know that I'll … Continue reading Let it begin | 4 Ways To Dominate the Back-to-School Shuffle
Oh, sweet friends, it's been a rough week. I'm feeling quite worn. Yesterday, I took my last final exam. It's a strange and beautiful thing to finally be free of the classes that have, for so long, kept me from my dream. The final wasn't too bad, except that it was at 8 am. Never … Continue reading day 16 | My final Final, Finally!
I currently have 5 tabs open on my browser window. They are: ETS Study Companion, Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge Education Portal Review Course, Chapter 16, Lesson 3 - What is Relative Dating? - Law of Superposition, Principles of Original Horizontality & Cross-Cutting Relationships Google Calculator Earth Science Essentials, 2nd Edition The Period Table of … Continue reading Because…Science!