• Classroom Life,  Instruction,  Lists,  Process

    Becoming Unnecessary

    A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary. ~ Thomas Carruthers Become unnecessary?  Why would I do that? Because as teachers and as parents, it’s our responsibility to our students/children. My two cents?? Teach kids the definition of integrity: what you do when no one is looking,” … and get out of the way.…

  • Classroom Life,  Lists,  Process,  Students' Words

    Why I Teach: Ten (Important) Reasons

    Students Students Students Students Students Students Students Students Students Students   Oftentimes, when I tell people I’m a high school teacher, I get this response (or a slight variation), “Oh, wow!  I could never do that! Teenagers these days….” Truth is, the teenagers have been the only reason I keep coming back…

  • Classroom Life,  Process

    Of Paper Clips and Hall Passes …..

    Oh pockets, thank you! In the predawn darkness, you hold the To Do’s and Don’t Forgets. You carry the promise of another bustling day. Hour by hour, your promise, revealed.   Classroom life…….  Not. For. The. Faint. Of. Heart.   Then, as the sun begins to slide …. you shelter new treasures. Remnants of the day….. But what’s to be found when I…