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Where then shall they go?

February 27, 2017

This week transgender people were in the news again as the Trump Administration recscinded an Obama administration order that mandated schools allow such students to access the facilities they identify with. The complexity and controversy of this issue has me mildly terrified to write about it. However my experience as a Christian and a public […]

My First First Day

September 6, 2016

A little over 6 years ago I returned home after spending 2 of my first 3 years after college abroad. I had a bed in my parents house, a part-time job coaching cross country and a goal to start graduate school to become a teacher. This past Wednesday, after three years in six school districts, I […]

Reflections on 179 Days of Teaching

June 21, 2016

Public schools, by law, have to be open 180 days per school year. I started this past school year on the second day of school with the advice of “fake it until you make it.” 179 school days later I have finished my first full school year in the US. I finish this year not […]

(A Little More) Certainty

November 2, 2015

I just successfully completed the longest audition for a job that I didn’t know was an audition in my life. I’ve been teaching for the last two years (see my last entry) but nothing had been sticking. So this past summer it was back to interviewing. After a fairly quiet spring and summer I had […]

Uncertainty

September 28, 2015

I’m on my fifth job in education in a little over two years. I have been a paraprofessional, a teacher assistant, a long-term substitute and a full-fledged teacher in that time. I have switched jobs, towns and retirement plans every 4-8 months. Currently I am on my second long-term sub stint though this one is […]

Perspective

August 15, 2014

As I started teaching in January I came across a bigger theme repeatedly. My goal was always to give my students the big idea or theme, the one word or phrase that they could turn over in their head and then I would hit on that word again. and again. and again. As I started […]

A Disconnect

April 2, 2013

Anyone on Facebook last week surely noticed as profile pictures changed at a rapid rate to the red-tinged logo of the Human Rights Campaign. I was actually confused at first thinking that perhaps this was an anti-gay marriage move simply by virtue of the color motif. In fact it was in support of gay marriage, provoked by […]

Encouraging and Complicating…

April 10, 2011

I have had the opportunity to teach formally for an entire year (last year in the Czech Republic) and informally in a wide amount of places and contexts. Until last week however I had never observed an actual trained teacher teaching an actual high school class. A requirement of two of my classes this semester […]

First Hurdle Cleared

March 16, 2011

I have been in grad school since January. So far it has been fairly straight forward. A few papers, small presentations and of course a bit of angst related to lesson planning.  That’s the best thing about graduate school. You’re way past the need to take tests (except of course when it comes to proving to […]

So about this teaching stuff…

February 8, 2011

Given the title of my blog I realize it might be a good idea to write a bit about my epic “Journey in Teaching” on occasion. So here’s a super exciting update. I started graduate school a few weeks ago. For teaching. This amount of information is evidently never enough for people so I’m forced to add, […]