• 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…

  • Life,  Process,  Students' Words,  Writing

    Helping Teens Handle Life. And Death.

    Being a high school teacher affords me many opportunities to help teens handle life. And loss.  It is at once:  enlightening, encouraging, painful, and honest. Emotions are raw, understanding often limited, and nearly all experiences are ‘firsts.’ Sadly, some, like birth and death, become second- and third-time experiences for a few.  Being there, with a shoulder,…

  • Process

    The JJ Project

    “Do you know J____  (JJ)  S ______?” coach asked. “No, should I?” I replied. “Probably. He’s on his way to being booted from the team* permanently.” “So, what’s the issue?” “Major attitude problem.” “Does he have (college-level) potential?” “Has been a walk-on since his freshman year.” Yikes. “Send him to my classroom…