Time To Take a Freaking Break.

 So this week was pretty shitty. Work was horrible — I had the same class at the same school multiple times, and had been under the impression that I'd be going for a couple days in a row, which is good as I get paid salary if I work more than two days in a row. Turns out the school had made a mistake in the system, and it was two half days. They didn't penalize me for it the second day, thank goodness, but seriously....more

Teaching Acceptance: Gay Rights & Inclusive Education

 Today I heard a boy telling another boy that it's weird if he likes boys. The second boy responded, "No, I like girls." I heard him insist a couple times — he didn't sound stressed, he just repeated it....more

Why Teachers Shouldn't Battle Cell Phones

Today I was at a school where teachers fight with students about cell phones. In the staffroom at lunch, teachers were complaining that kids are so devious they sit on their phones, or pretend to be reading, anything to be on their phones when it's a very specific, important rule in the class that phones are to be away and off....more

Controlling the teacher rage. Barely.

I was mid-sentence when he shuffled in, 11 minutes late. Teaching a morning class for most semesters over the last seven years, I’ve tried to pretend like I’ve made peace with this type of tardy behavior, so I ignored him.Image from http://pancakesaresosexy.tumblr.com/...more
J-MOM Ahhhhhh! The students showing up late and wanting to take the quiz... MAKES ME CRAZY! I'm ...more

Why you learn, but you still know nothing.

As a new graduate and a current teacher, EJ Koh's tweet is too relevant. And too funny....more

Why I appreciate Veterans in the classroom

At the end of last semester, one of my students handed me a small, but weighty envelope. When I opened it, I found a thank you card and a large coin with U.S. Marine Corps insignia and the word Veteran at the top. Inside the card, she had written thanks to me for challenging her to go outside of her comfort zone all semester.I felt so moved as we shook hands and said end-of-semester goodbyes....more

Drawing leadership and seeing learning

At the beginning of the semester, they give me sass.I hear the the sighs, see the eye rolls, catch the not-quite-under-breath whispers “Umm, we’re not in kindergarten, anymore…”At the beginning of the semester, they see markers and paper as beneath them. By this point, with just a few weeks left together, they can see value. Or at least, they’re too tired to complain.Today, I asked my upper division organizational communication students to draw their ideal leaders....more

Partially Employed

So, due to aforementioned life drama that caused me to want to weep or go fetal whenever I thought about applying/interviewing/accepting a new job, I have instead been substitute teaching. It keeps me in the district and on their radar in case I lose my mind enough to want to go back to working full time, as well as giving me flexibility on time blah blah blah.I had an interview for a full time teaching job last month. I couldn't tell you exactly how it went, except that I thought it went swimmingly, and then the phone never rang one way or the other. Which, dude. Uncool....more

Slow Clap For the Canadian Cabinet -- and Gender Equity

Thank you Justin Trudeau for pointing out that it's 2015 and time for gender equality....more
Absolutely Perfect.more

Teaching English in Turkey

I was video chatting with Emma and Anna and Anna had all sorts of questions about teaching and what my classes were like.  I realized that, while I've mentioned a few things here and there, I haven't really described what it's like. ...more