A Cringeworthy Memory…and What I’ve Learned Since

The past two weekends I’ve been at college graduations, one for my brother and one for my girlfriend’s sister. (Congrats Jake and Kirst!) Sitting in those unceremoniously long ceremonies, I started to think about my own mindset shortly after I graduated…

What Am I Doing With My Life?

The year was 2012, and I was just starting to seriously consider my future career. Through a network of connections, I was put in touch with the Superintendent of a local district who was gracious enough to talk to a recent grad he didn’t know about education. I knew I was interested in the field, and being a teacher had been rolling around in my head since I was in high school, but in that hazy and overwhelming period of time shortly after graduating college, I needed some guidance.  I emailed the Superintendent introducing myself, after which I asked him the question that still makes me cringe: Continue reading

To Correct, or Not to Correct?

This year, I started a new elective class called “Digital Literacy” that focuses on building the core digital literacy skills and, specifically, working on our school’s online newspaper. Later on, I’ll do a series of posts about the creation, implementation, and benefits of the school newspaper. For today, however, I want to put into writing a question I’ve been considering since starting the newspaper:  How thoroughly should I edit student articles before they are posted? Continue reading

The Problem with Becoming a Comfortable Teacher

In my first year of teaching (even most of my second), every day I stepped into the classroom, I stepped out of my comfort zone. In my third year, I’ve noticed that I feel pretty comfortable, and the day to day work of being a teacher feels normal. This isn’t a bad thing in itself, but I’ve found that feeling comfortable as a teacher has re-sensitized me to leaving my comfort zone. I really believe that you should do things that make you feel uncomfortable (to varying degrees) as often as you can in order to grow and avoid the dreaded rut. Continue reading

The 30-Day Challenge

As prep for my students’ Genius Hour projects, I showed them a short TED Talk on trying something new for 30 days. The gist of it is that the speaker sets monthly goals for himself to do something new or novel each day of that month. I’ve set my own goal of writing three hundred words everyday, whether that be a blog post, some form of creative writing, or something else entirely. As I’m telling my students for their Genius Hour projects, the key is to be specific in your daily goals and set yourself up for success by making those daily goals tough, but manageable. Try it for yourself and see what happens!