It all began with the television program Unsolved Mysteries. My mom watched it religiously when I was a child. I didn’t like the show at the time. Truthfully, the scary theme music and Robert Stack’s ominous voice made me cringe. Over the years, I found myself beginning to enjoy these types of “docucrimemystery” shows. Next came City … More The Comfort of Mystery
My first teaching job was a “hit the ground running” experience. It was October, two months after the year had begun. The school had a population boon in 4th grade and needed to add a class. Enter eager beaver me. I hadn’t been sitting at home twiddling my thumbs. I had just finished a long … More On Prior Preparation
Five days remain in summer school. I made a point of creating a learning community, complete with class jobs, workshops rotations, projects, and coaching on academic content and social skills that won’t be tested on the end of summer school assessment. All of my students are below grade level in reading and math. Two of … More Endings…Beginnings
Tomorrow is the day. I’ll greet my summer school students and spend the next 15 days helping them grow dendrites! It should be a great session with only 7, count ’em, 7 students in my 3rd grade class. Our focus is reading and math, but I’ll integrate the other content areas. The other classes, 4th … More Summer School is in Session
The verdict is in… I shall be a teacher in the fall. I accepted an offer to teach 4th grade at a brand new school. I’ll be a charter faculty member. The principal has already sent out a couple of newsletters that are extremely inspiring. I’ve already begun planning. My long list of action items … More Teacher
Here I sit in my familiar waiting game. What will I be doing next school year? I do know where I’ll be so that is a plus. My school system has just finished the transfer process. Teachers who have been at a school for at least 3 years can interview at other schools. Teachers who … More Media Clerk, Teacher, or…
I’ve been working part time at my public library for about 8 months. My job includes running the automated book drop, shelving, pulling books for the hold shelf, and weeding books that are in poor condition. I answer patron questions, but due to my limited role, I am prohibited from answering in depth questions. When … More Leaving the stacks?