Empty Mugs & Full Hearts

About a month ago, I published a post declaring it was going to be the best school year ever. I decided then that I was going to be positive and happy and encouraging at all times and focus on all the little things that I loved about my job. But that was a month ago,…

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…

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…

Talking School: 4 Reasons to do it less this year

I speak 3 languages. English, Spanish and School. I am a Trilingual educator. “Talking School” is a teacher phenomenon.  Teacher-ese if you will. Do not underestimate the tiny crevices into which  school talk can leak.   I have talked school floating in the pool. (I do not like it, Sam I am!) On a beach in…

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…

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,…