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

My Summer Break Acceptance Speech

Greetings to all who read this. I am used to having an audience of about 27 little humans, so being here on stage to accept this award does not faze me in the slightest. When you have asked  students to tell you if you have chocolate on your face or not, it takes a lot to feel … Continue reading My Summer Break Acceptance Speech

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

To Every Teacher Going Back to Work This Week

Hey, teacher, paraprofessional, principal, administrative assistant, social worker, speech pathologist, substitute, specialist and every every other 408 job representations in a school building. It's almost noon on Sunday and I am still in my pajamas sipping from a mug of coffee. Tomorrow at this time, I will have seen over 85 students, 3 different classes, … Continue reading To Every Teacher Going Back to Work This Week