If you're not a student or teacher, this time of year might mean extra muggy and hot days and the hope of cooler weather in a month or so. It might mean another month for beach vacations and swim parties and grilling outside. But if you're a student or teacher around here, early August has come … Continue reading Just what does a new school year mean for teachers?
As I said in earlier posts, I'm sure I learned more during my semester of teaching middle school than my students did. And a lot - probably most - of what I learned was about myself. In this post, I'll share one of the "good" things I learned. I learned that I am a great deal more … Continue reading My Middle School Experiment: What I Learned, Part 2. Less ego, more patience.
Two comments to me at school this past week have stuck with me. Both were from 6th grade students. The first occurred while three of my students were working on their project for the end of the year. They were talking, and one said he had signed up for careers (the class I teach) next … Continue reading Teaching Middle School, Week 17: “Because we’re bad”
This middle school teaching job is a way for me to measure my progress, to see if the work I've done on myself is bearing fruit. To see if I can let go of each day when it's over. And to see if I can greet each new day with a positive attitude.
Back in 2008, I quit teaching. It was a career I had loved for 19, 20 years, one I had poured my heart and soul into. But I gradually found myself losing my passion, feeling that teaching was more "work" than "love." I had promised myself that if I found myself getting bitter, poisoning the … Continue reading Guilt got in the way of my Now