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Nov 16 2014

I believe in all things.

It’s been a while. This site’s gone through some ups and downs, and of course, Teacher October – though better this time around – kicked me while I was down. I don’t know how to sum up this second year; it seems like everything – from my students to my campus to even myself –…

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Nov 01 2014

Halloween 2014

So I really had no intentions of dressing up for Halloween this year until October 28th, 4 days before Halloween. The kiddies kept asking me what I was going to be, what would my costume look like, if I got it at Party City,  and well not really having an answer for them I just smiled and…

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Oct 03 2014

Top 5

It has been a very long time since I last posted on this blog. Toward the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, my inactivity was mostly self-imposed — I had transitioned to a new college access role and was too busy to write anything substantive. (Though that’s hardly an excuse, since I’ve never been and likely never…

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Oct 03 2014

October: The hardest month in a teacher’s life…for a new reason.

I woke up this morning, now in my third year of teaching, and drove to school thinking, “October really isn’t that hard anymore.” I should have known better than to think that. A few hours later, my whole world was turned upside down as I found out that one of my favorite students had passed…

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Sep 27 2014

#89: Five weeks into year five

Oh, hey. This old thing. At this rate, I should be finishing up post #100 by about summer of 2019 or so. This is year five. I’m teaching math still, but this time it’s remediation for the state end-of-course exam for Algebra 1. After five weeks, I really like it! I have small classes for…

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Sep 16 2014

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Sep 02 2014

it’s official: I’m teaching a third year

Just turned down a $75k/year job offer to teach a third year because I love what I do and I’m not finished yet. I once heard a clip of a commencement speech, delivered at MIT a few years ago by one of the founders of Dropbox. He talked about the idea of the tennis ball. and how…

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Aug 24 2014

Sad day

I am having a sad day. I miss my friends. I miss my students and my basketball players. I miss knowing where everything is, and having people to call when I’m bored, and being able to hike at a moment’s notice. I miss the puppies flopping on the floor and licking my toes (even when…

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Aug 07 2014

the second year begins.

And so it goes.   I’m not really sure where to begin. It’s been a whirlwind of a week; last week, in the span of 24 hours, I tried to gracefully transition from corporate/private sector life back to school life. It was a little rough. I spent two days in content leadership training, then headed…

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Aug 04 2014

419 Miles South on 63

I went to college 419 miles north of my town in rural Northeastern Missouri. When the town becomes visible 100 miles after leaving the last big (ish) city you can spot a sign that greets, “Kirksville Welcomes You! Where People Make The Difference.” If you weren’t paying attention as you drove up Highway 63 you’d…

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