There are so many stories I’ll never be able to tell my first year with my own classroom. You know the drive, and you’ve gotten a couple of clever quips from the children here and there, but that’s probably all I’ve said about that year. Truth be told, it was a very difficult year for me, but […]Read More French in Appalachia
Nope, not pregnant. Thanks for asking, though, it’s really helping my diet. (Did you hear that rumour going around a couple of months ago that I was pregnant? Yeah, that was really funny. I think I should make a whole blog post about all the blasts to my ego lately. When put all together they’re […]Read More I Know How It Feels To Glow
I never had strong feelings about preschool. I didn’t care if my children went or not, and I didn’t feel it was especially significant. Last spring when my friends were skipping playgroup to do preschool tours I didn’t feel left out. I was still enjoying having Little Red home with me. And anyway, it just […]Read More You Can Take the Teacher out of the Classroom . . .
Have you been inside a classroom lately? Who is most likely to get a D or an F on an assignment? Who is most likely to be considered a discipline problem? Who is most likely to have been diagnosed and/or on meds? If you guessed “a boy” to any of these, you’re right. Now, I’m […]Read More SOB Story
I was really getting depressed about things and our finances were aggravating the problem. Despite the need for money, I knew it was very important for the boys that I stay home with them. I suggested to Paul Timber‘s brilliant idea of working daycare at a gym (it had the added bonus that maybe I’d […]Read More We Met on Craigslist.com
I’ve been going through old boxes, trying to sell off what I just haven’t used in years. I was about to list a book I received from a fellow teacher as I left school that last year, when I opened the cover. Inside I read: Zen Mama, To the wise brilliant I shall miss you. […]Read More Mothers Who Think
(I started leaving a comment for Karen, on her Countdown post, but realized I should just write my own post. I’m not doing the whole Harry Potter meme, I’m only responding to the first question.) When I was student teaching I borrowed books 1-3 from my cooperating teacher under her recommendation. It was very important to both […]Read More Parry Hotter
Its a good thing I’m smarter than a 5th grader, as I was a fifth grade teacher! Now, if only they’d give me the million dollars, instead of a print-off certificate of award. Well I’ve been feeling lately like I didn’t have two brain cells to rub together, so this was, sadly, a bit of […]Read More whew!
My last year of teaching was in an amazing school in a beautiful residential area. The children often played near or at the school after school hours and knew all the comings and goings of the school staff and faculty. As I was only one of two new teachers that year, it didn’t take my […]Read More Competition in All Things
He didn’t particularly stand out in our class, not physically, not intellectually, and not even emotionally — which is pretty telling as his father had passed away shortly before. He was just a very even kid, although a little more somber than most. He had the capability of performing better, but chose to be average. […]Read More Education Interrupted