I Disgust Myself Sometimes

I Disgust Myself Sometimes

I headed out to Walmart for the third time in a week, as you do. And I wasn't happy about it. Nossir. Walmart is my most hated of marts. 

Cold winds whipped around me as I got out of my car. Freezing splashes of rain hit my cheeks as I power-walked through the parking lot.  

My sour mood ratcheted up another notch.  

I inspected a few carts, trying to avoid a wobbly one. But they're all wobbly. Of course the cart was also wet. Grrrrrr.

I started to push my wobbly, wet cart toward the main entrance. I noticed a man and his young daughter come in right before me…

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Confessions, the #eddies13, and Being a Jock Strap for the Internet

Confessions, the #eddies13, and Being a Jock Strap for the Internet

I found out something pretty cool late Saturday night. I was reading through my Twitter feed and found a link to the 2013 Edublog Finalists. I didn't do nominations this year. Actually I never do nominations because I find it so hard to pick. 

I clicked the link having no idea what to expect. I was so surprised as I scrolled down. I found out that one of my posts is up for an award.

I’m honored. Honored, grateful, and a little confused.

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The Downside to Snow Days

The Downside to Snow Days

I’m not sure if I got more excited about snow days as a kid or as an adult. There is something magical and wondrous about a snow day. They're almost mythical in some places.  

There were times as a kid where I would pray for a snow day. It was one more day to snuggle back under the warm covers. It was one more day to put off homework, and one more day to not worry about assignments. It was one more day to sip hot chocolate and play with my friends. Snow days were amazing.

But not for everyone.

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How Comic Books Kinda Saved My Life

How Comic Books Kinda Saved My Life

I remember being eight and getting my first real comic book. It was an issue of Batman. The villain’s name was Cutter. He would chop up women after he murdered them and throw away their bodies in dumpsters. I loved Batman, but that particular book freaked me out.  

I was scared to death to take the trash out at night for the next two years. As a grown-up, I'm not scared to take out the trash anymore, but the impact of comic books on my life remains.

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The Personification of Sunshine

The Personification of Sunshine

It was an energetic Monday morning in my classroom. The kids were whirling with talk of weekend exploits and who brought what for snack.

It was also the day after my birthday, so I was feeling pretty good. Birthdays can be full of stress and expectations. The day after is always better. We finished our morning journal writing. and got ready for our class meeting. We always called them our round table.

I’m a believer in classroom rituals and traditions. I always had a tradition with round table and birthdays. If it’s your birthday, then you get an entire round table dedicated to you.

Each person says something meaningful or encouraging about the birthday boy or girl. Then we all sing “Happy Birthday” as I strum along on my guitar. Super fun, right?

Only I never expected to be the one to receive a birthday round table.

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Remember the Why

Remember the Why

As you drag yourself out of bed in the morning, remember why you are getting up in the first place.

As you feel your frustration rise as you get closer to work, remember why you are walking through those doors.

As you stand in the midst of dealing with a difficult person, remember why you are standing there at all.

Life is hard. It can be crushing at times. But don't forget about why you are doing it. We all have our reasons. 

It's easy to give in or give up. It's easy to forget and hard to remember.

But you have to do the hard things. You have to push through the resistance and remember something deep in your core.

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Teaching Is an Occupation, Not an Identity (A Follow-up)

Teaching Is an Occupation, Not an Identity (A Follow-up)

“Connected or not, it’s still just a job.”

That was the last sentence from my earlier post about How Being a Connected Educator Killed   My Career. It’s been a popular piece and definitely the most controversial post I’ve written.

I wrote it as a cautionary tale on the darker side of technology and how passion can blind our effectiveness.

I felt I needed to follow up on a few things. I’ll start with one tiny and seemingly insignificant word—

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Why Rick Astley Should Be on Everyone’s SMART Board

Why Rick Astley Should Be on Everyone’s SMART Board

You know why Rick Astley’s a swell guy? I’ll give you three reasons:

  1. He’s never gonna let you down
  2. He’s never gonna make you cry
  3. He’s never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

Who wouldn’t want to be around that guy?

I previously shared my thoughts about 5 Dangerous Things Breaking Bad Taught Me About Teaching. One thing was the need to find a partner. This is true, not only teaching, but for life in general. We aren’t meant to walk this journey alone.

I’ve had the opportunity to work with some pretty amazing teachers during my nine year stint in the classroom. Here's one of the best—

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