When a sophomore boy came crashing backpack first through my classroom window, I was standing inches from the rainstorm of glass. Completely unscathed, the student and his friends ran snickering from the scene. Shattered debris had destroyed the reading nook I'd created with my own money and high ... » Learn More about What’s the Secret?
We Are Teachers
My first teaching gig was my absolute favorite. It was challenging and I went home in tears some days, but anything worth doing makes you cry, right? Just pretend. Though it has been longer than I'd care to admit since I was a Valley Viking, my relationships with former ... » Learn More about Epic January
When I started talking about the decision to leave the traditional classroom and teach online, so many ears perked up, and the questions came pouring in. That makes me think: There are more people like me who want to work in their sweatpants, and to that I say AMEN. Are we finally figuring out ... » Learn More about Thinking About Teaching Online? Read This First!
I feel like I've blathered on about this subject ad nauseam, but now my traditional vs. online teaching quips are being put to good use: I am writing a short series for the educational site We Are Teachers that chronicles my personal journey through the transition from brick-and-mortar buildings to ... » Learn More about Traditional vs. Online Teaching
This may come as a surprise to you, but not every kid loves school. I know, I'll give you a minute. Not only that, but some don't really pay attention when teachers are explaining assignments, answering other students' questions, or generally speaking words about anything at all. It's quite ... » Learn More about Dear Students: Don’t Ever Ask Me These Questions