Priorities

I am at the end of my first full week at my new school and in love with my students, tripping about how some things never change administratively, and vaguely overwhelmed about the assignments for the first unit. Pandemically speaking, so far, so good. A few students became ill before classes began and are home. …

New School Year, New Focus

I'm changing districts this year. I've missed my science classroom terribly and am looking to the future of my waning career in the classroom. I don't have energy for the dumb stuff anymore. I'm leaving that to the young teachers. I'll be teaching 7th grade science. I'm excited about this. Seventh graders are notoriously hormonal, …

Critical Race Theory and the Irony of Juneteenth

So we have a new federal holiday. I'm so pleased. Ok, I'm not pleased, I'm confused. Let's start with who decided Juneteenth should be a holiday. Then let's look back on how hard it was to get the MLK, Jr Holiday as opposed to this one. As one friend muttered quietly the other night, "looks …

What Happens When You Choose to Be You (And other thoughts on NOT being a bot)

This post is about 3 graduates of the Class of 2021. As of this writing, they all graduated . They have been high school graduates as a commonality - they also have something else in common. See if you can figure it out. ************ I didn't like that speech, ok? "I cannot give up this …

Things I Learned this School Year

I've been thinking about this for a few weeks now. Considering that I have been teaching in a blended learning environment for more than 10 years now so teaching virtually wasn't really that big a shock to my system, I kind of assumed I'd really not learned anything new technologically. I just used some of …

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