Ever since I started my teaching career, I've signed on for after-school, before-school, and at lunch activities. This year alone, I've been involved with homework clubs, equity teams, school culture teams, and student leadership groups. I usually stay late after school four out of the five days of the week. I love every bit of … Continue reading All I did this week was teach. It was awesome.
Tomorrow we start a brand new unit, which is exciting, especially since my 8th graders and I have been wrangling a Shakespearean play for the last two months. No offense to Billy Shakespeare, but I am so glad to be done. To start the year in August was bad enough, and it only added insult to injury … Continue reading Going Above and Beyond the Thematic Essay
Okay, so earlier I wrote about a colleague once again throwing the "scary" label on me because she couldn't accept that maybe she was the one with a few underlying racist issues. If that made zero sense to you, then you can read all about it here. If you are totally caught up, then great. I … Continue reading Doing Something About It, Part 2.
Well, I've been terrible about keeping this updated. I don't want to sound like the most cliche and trite excuse-giver ever, but I've honestly been so busy, that I get home and barely have the energy to eat the Chipotle I've picked up, much less rehash all the stuff that's been going on. That last … Continue reading On Being Called “Aggressive.” Again. And Doing Something About It.
This summer, I was in the car with two good friends of mine. We had just gotten back from picking out some hardy, Ms. Mocha-tolerant plants for my yard. We had just stopped by a grocery store in the middle of nowhere to pick up some beer, chips, and salsa to reward ourselves for making … Continue reading My WPV (White People Voice)
Last year, I discovered that I had an intolerance for peppers. I had eaten a giant, beautiful, grilled red bell pepper on a burger and then spent the next three days no farther than 10 feet from the nearest bathroom. When I told a friend a few weeks later, she laughed and said, "Intolerance to … Continue reading On Being Okay With Being Me.
I like a good list. During the school year, I make a to-do list almost daily. It helps keep my anxiety and procrastination in check. This year, I've decided that I needed to write a list of stuff that teachers should have to help them survive their first, fifth, or twentieth year of teaching. Warning: … Continue reading Seven Teacher Essentials That Aren’t Super Cheesy
The day after school officially ended, I found myself picking out paint. For my classroom. Clutching the little cardboard paint color squares, I realized that I was being an idiot. What am I doing? I thought. It's SUMMER. More importantly, it's summer BREAK. As in, take a break from thinking about your classroom. As in, take a … Continue reading No School July
I got an email on Wednesday from Uber Vanilla. It was one sentence, and it read: "Please come see me in my office at 12:20 to talk about next year." My blood pressure reached an unhealthy level, and I struggled to stay focused during my morning class. Other teachers had been getting their teaching assignments, … Continue reading Good News! For Me! Por Fin!
So, we all know that my time at this school has been rough. And with every passing day, it seems that there is a little wedge of news getting between me and my feelings that next year will be any better. Today's news, for example, was that we will be adopting a high school type … Continue reading Good Things, in the Form of Takis