• Musings

    Get Thee into a Classroom!

    It hit me the other day just how little regard our society has for teachers. Here we are in the midst of a pandemic and our political leaders are forcing everyone to go back to school. “Kid’s don’t get it [COVID-19],” “They don’t die from it,” and “All the other countries are doing it!” [insert tired child whining at the store here.] Oh, good. The children don’t get it. … But their families do and their teachers do. You know, the people that do die from it. I find myself with two options at this point: go into the classrooms with the rest of the teachers or sit out the…

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    Coronavirus Lockdown

    As my time learning to be a teacher draws to a close, I find myself in an odd limbo. I am required to observe students and teachers in a real-world teaching situation in order to progress but all the schools are shuttered due to the once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. I have an enormous amount of free-time to work from home in my old career and continue mastering how to teach children for my new career but it seems more and more likely that I will not get to actually be in a classroom until next fall. (fingers crossed) In the meantime, I remind myself that I taught pre-school for nearly a decade…

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    The Musings of a Mid-Life Crisis Career Changer

    A couple years ago I decided that I was tired of sitting behind a desk, tired of collecting records and shuffling paper, and tired of being what I was. I think it’s common for people to hit the middle of their life and be unsatisfied or want more. They get new cars or new partners or change careers. I upended my world by deciding to change careers, get married to an Englishman, buy an electric car, and adopt a bluetick coonhound. Yep, closing in on 50, I feel a whole lot better! … And sleep-deprived. For my new career, I decided to follow my dream of teaching. Not just any…