Category Archives: Teaching

For the Teacher at Summer’s End

I’m sitting at my desk. Music quietly plays in the background and a steady, soft rain falls outside my windows. My classroom is as ready as it can be. I’m not. In just a few hours, I will be gulping … Continue reading

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When You Wonder if You Did Enough

My classroom is quiet. Today was the last day of the school year, and I’m sorting through papers and materials—attempting to save only what is necessary. But I hold on tight because what if. What if I need it next year? Or … Continue reading

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Dear Teacher on the Tired Days,

I get it. I had a student hurt my feelings today. Words that cut deep and wounded because there is always an element of truth perceived by the one being sarcastic. And I’ve been icing my bruises all afternoon. The … Continue reading

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To the Momma Rolling Her Eyes at My Students,

I know watching 40 teenagers walk into a fast food restaurant must have been intimidating. They were loud. They were large. There were so many of them. I know our line stretched through the aisles. I know you weren’t expecting … Continue reading

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For the Teacher Desperate for Hope

My classroom feels heavy right now. A weight I can’t lift. Most days I can get past it. Most days my students are the reason I teach. Most days I’m the first to jump up and defend my teenage learners. … Continue reading

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The Reasons We Teach

My classroom is ready. I’m not. The laundry list swirls. I didn’t organize my files as planned. My summer reading list is still the list I started with. Those closet shelves never got installed. The fence wasn’t built. My summer … Continue reading

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Lessons My Students Teach

It was a few days ago. The question had been floating in and out of my thoughts, never really landing. When my thinker was all thought out, I did the only thing I could. I messaged a former student. Nestled … Continue reading

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Communicating With Your Child’s Teacher

Do you ever wonder how to approach your child’s teacher? You have questions. Maybe it’s curriculum. Maybe it’s grades. Maybe you feel your child has been treated unjustly. Maybe you wish to encourage. I’m a teacher. I’m a momma too. … Continue reading

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When I Remember the Important

My Court Jester sits close with a tablet in hand watching some new version of Frosty, which is fine by me since the original always kinda freaked me out. Or was it Rudolph? The Princess is dancing her tippy toes … Continue reading

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The Only Reason I Keep Teaching

There was a time being a teacher was so far down on my list of possible careers I would have laughed had I known what the next 15 years of my life were to look like. And then I would … Continue reading

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