This post is going to be a bit different. This post is about being grateful. It's about family. It's about fear. And it's about humor in the face of overwhelming odds. I have struggled with depression for quite some time. The problem is I have a great life. I have NOTHING to complain about. I… Continue reading Are you grateful? Are you sure? Do you have a leg to stand on?
On Sunday, I got a text message that I really didn't want to get. There are four ELA teachers at my small charter middle school. We are a funny group- three super, type A women, and one totally laid back, type B guy. He makes sure we don't spin out of control when plans don't… Continue reading Breaking up the Band- When a colleague has to leave the team
It's the beginning of January, and that only means one thing- time to pick your word of the year. When I first started seeing this trend, I felt like I was not being a good human. I pretty much just try to keep my head on straight most of the time, and all these people… Continue reading Word of the Year- LIT: Why It’s Perfect For Me
The calendar gods have played an evil trick on all of us. They made Thanksgiving early, so we have 4 weeks between breaks instead of three. What?! That must be why I'm in this funk. Seriously, this seems to be a teacher-wide, school-wide, state-wide, country-wide crisis. The after-Thanksgiving funk. Yes, I know we all shower… Continue reading Funky- But Not in a Good Way: The Fall Teacher Struggle is Real
Teachers are insane. Factor in the public scrutiny, the low pay, the extra hours, the grading, and the enslavement to standardized testing, and you have to ask yourself what college-educated professional would sign up for that? Crazy ones, that's who. You would not believe some of the things I have seen teachers do in the… Continue reading Yeah, I Saw That: The Crazy Stuff I’ve Seen Teachers Do