Lots of local pals read my blog. I tell you that not to toot my own horn, but to explain why I can't name names or go into too much detail regarding a situation that absolutely should have had--AND STILL SHOULD HAVE--legal ramifications because of the absolute lunacy and ... » Learn More about When Things Fall Apart: The Abuse of School Board Power
We Are Teachers
Raise your hand if you know teachers who spend their own money on classroom stuffs. That's a rhetorical question, you guys. EVERYONE knows a teacher who forks over cash money for extra pencils, classroom decor, or to supplement their lesson plans. The average teacher actually spends, like, $500 ... » Learn More about Fueling Education
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?
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!