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Censoring in the Middle- These Kids Laugh at the Craziest Stuff

The other day, I gave one of my fellow teachers my Magnetic Poetry Kit because I've never found a place for it, and she has some on the side of her metal desk. I figured she'd get more use out of it, you know? Well, we teach middle school kids, so of course I warned… Continue reading Censoring in the Middle- These Kids Laugh at the Craziest Stuff

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Word of the Year- LIT: Why It’s Perfect For Me

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

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Can you teach an 8th grader?- What it takes to be a secondary teacher

Full disclosure: My new obsession/go-to-Netflix-binge is The Great British Baking Show. There are several reasons why I think this show is utter genius. I learn something new every time I watch. Dough lamination is a thing, choux pastry is not shoe pastry, people like to use passionfruit A LOT, biscuits are cookies, and "I need… Continue reading Can you teach an 8th grader?- What it takes to be a secondary teacher

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The Highs (& Lows) of the Holidays in Secondary

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Blessed Kwanzaa! It's the holiday season, a very strange time for most teachers. In elementary, I'm guessing they are making craft ornaments for parents to treasure and learning numbers by gluing cotton balls on Santa's beard. I'll bet there's a lot of glitter happening right now. I mean A LOT. And… Continue reading The Highs (& Lows) of the Holidays in Secondary

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Down for the Count: Nothing Like Throwing out Your Back on Thanksgiving

Getting older sucks. Notice I didn't say old, just older. We're not quite there yet. Everything takes longer to recover from, and at times you feel like you might literally be falling apart. For example, I hurt my back on the Monday of Thanksgiving break. No, I wasn't moving furniture, bench pressing an elephant, or… Continue reading Down for the Count: Nothing Like Throwing out Your Back on Thanksgiving