Annoying Positivity: 4 Reasons This Will Be the Best School Year

The summer has been good to me: I got married, tried a Jamocha shake from Arby's, starting using coupons, moved into our new house, saw Wonder Woman, got to travel around Michigan, learned to make healthy french toast, FaceTimed with my nephew while he held the phone, and also had the best cinnamon roll of … Continue reading Annoying Positivity: 4 Reasons This Will Be the Best School Year

May is for Superheroes: The Teacher Homestretch

I'm exhausted. Last week I had a student ask me if he could play me a song on his nose. Befuddled, I nodded. They didn't teach me how to answer that question in college. He proceeded to place a finger on the side of his nostril and create a rattly¬†humming sound as he "played" me … Continue reading May is for Superheroes: The Teacher Homestretch

Using Cheese to Encourage Engagement and Participation in the Classroom

If someone told me a few years ago that I would eventually possess the ability to get a group of sixth grade boys to curtsy like princesses during a lesson on fairy tale vocabulary, I would have asked just what kind of black magic I got myself into. It must be some sort of wizardry. … Continue reading Using Cheese to Encourage Engagement and Participation in the Classroom

Why I Don’t Want a ‘Normal’ Job: 11 times teaching is the best, even when it isn’t

About 39 times a year, I question why I went into teaching. It's a crazy life. A life that one can only understand once in the trenches: tying the shoes and wiping the tears and teaching the words. There are some days where on my way home, I am convinced that I am never stepping … Continue reading Why I Don’t Want a ‘Normal’ Job: 11 times teaching is the best, even when it isn’t