The Paradox of “Breaks”

As I prepared to write this post, I commented to my friend that "I don't even know what I want to write about...I'm mentally exhausted." And then, with a self-deprecating tone, followed up with: ".....from break.  I'm mentally exhausted from winter break.  What the fuck." It sounds ridiculous.  Yet it's very true--I have had two... Continue Reading →

Be Careful What You Wish For

In my previous schools, if you were able to get the kids to behave and respect you and also learn something along the way, that was enough to get you through (not to mention middle school is less rigorous than high school).  I have my relationship building tools with my kids down pat, but I have not yet had a chance to really test my actual TEACHING capabilities with kids who are, shocker, eager to learn.

Things My Students Taught Me

The ability to have a career where I am able to get a taste of pretty much every other job on the planet is a beautiful thing. The best thing is, while I'm teaching my students, they're really teaching me.

Best Foot Forward

While reaching the Goldilocks sweet spot can be tough, it is the attitude that wins the offer letter AND the 2 second text response.

Validation

Feelings are ever-changing and maddeningly, unaffected by logic. Yet paradoxically, sometimes the only thing that can help change someone's emotions is the simple acknowledgment that their state of mind is real and that it is okay.

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