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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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Yeah, I Saw That: The Crazy Stuff I’ve Seen Teachers Do

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

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A Love Letter to my Teacher Tribe

Dear Teacher Tribe, It's the beginning of our 5th week of school, and there are a few things that you should know. For whatever reason, friends have become few and far between for me. Most of it is my own fault, some of it isn't. I've been told I hold people to too high a… Continue reading A Love Letter to my Teacher Tribe