• From the Classroom,  Musings,  Student Teaching

    Moving On

    This past Friday was my last day with the 3rd graders. They tried really hard to convince me to stay, but it wasn’t up to us. All good things must come to an end, and we move on. I will miss them though. They were good kids. I spent the final week exploring other grade levels and situations. I was able to visit three Special Ed clusters known as “the behavior units.” The students there, for whatever reason, do not play well with others. They still deserve kind, caring adults and an education. They need to be able to read, even if they can’t control their tempers. Cute kids all…

  • From the Classroom,  Musings,  Student Teaching

    Second Placement

    Soo, it’s been a while. 🙂 I finished my placement at the middle school and I have to say I miss them terribly! I adored the ninth-graders who had given up on school and being smart and I hope with all my heart that they will keep trying and remember that life does get better. They mean the world to me. I will sorely miss the seventh-graders who tried so hard and worked so much. We will always have Brooklyn! Most of all, I miss my host teacher. She is amazing and I will be forever grateful for her words of wisdom and advice. (Even the advice I didn’t follow!)…

  • 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…

  • Musings

    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…

  • Musings

    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…