3 Essential Steps to Create a Community of Readers

I used to work at a local fitness center as a desk attendant. Each time I’d work I was surrounded by healthy people: gym patrons, personal trainers, workout instructors. Because I was constantly… Continue reading

Kids Outside the Classroom

When I was in school, it was always an awkward moment when I saw teachers outside of school. Sure I expected them to be at school events like football games and band concerts,… Continue reading

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? 5/4/15

  This is the first Monday in May which means a brand new start to a new month of reading! April was a good month of reading for me, and I’m still trying… Continue reading

Quiz Bowl Confusion

I was asked a simple question by another teacher: “Would you be willing to be a reader for the quiz bowl?” Of course I accepted. I can read questions. Easy-peasy. Then I went… Continue reading

To the Student Who Undermines Me…

Dear Student, Yes, you are smart. I understand you have a high intelligence level. Now can we move on? I feel degraded and unfairly judged when you make sarcastic comments like, “And YOU’RE… Continue reading

5 Methods to Quell Inappropriateness

  A trademark of adolescence is inappropriateness. Learning new things every day, teens love to push the boundaries and try to see how far teachers will let them go. Here are five ways… Continue reading

Sick Days

This is my 200th post on my blog. To celebrate, I sniffed my way to school and learned that it is not fun to teach when you’re sick. I’ve been developing a sinus… Continue reading

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? 4/20/15

  It’s Monday which means Monday tradition: It’s Monday! What are you Reading? This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers. Here’s what I’ve been reading: Sing… Continue reading

I Love Lunch

At my school, lunch duty is always an area in need of teacher volunteers. So I volunteered. Then I found out that teachers get a free lunch from the cafeteria on days when they… Continue reading

Get Over Confrontation

My pre-service education did not prepare me for all of the teacher meetings I’d have to attend. Going to all of the meetings has been a very interesting experience. Sometimes the meetings go… Continue reading