Monday, August 10, 2020

Welcome

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year (Pandemic Edition).  

Here is a little intro video to get us started:

 




Friday, June 19, 2020

Pandemic T-Shirt Deliveries (Hey Ho Lets Go!)

WHAP T-Shirt Delivery!
I wrapped up this super strange school year, by hand delivering our class t-shirts to most of my students in AP World History.  It was all together a bittersweet week...  

I really loved seeing all of these crazy teenage kids, and their homes and families.  But wow - it really made me miss them.  And sadly, it reminded me of what was lost for all of us throughout this pandemic.  We had three months together just...stolen away.  And I really love these kids, so it is painful.

But we have made class t-shirts for 17 years, and we are not going to let a global pandemic stop this train!  So, yeah, we made our shirts, and we will wear them with a little more pride when this is over, I think. 

We sort of spit in the face of this shutdown with these shirts - by staying the course, and believing that there are better days ahead. And it is all together fitting that our shirts this year are an homage to the Ramones' Blitzkreig Bop (our quiz song), as that song is truly a call to arms.  And I think that is what we all need right now:  A chance to pep talk ourselves up through these times of uncertainty.  But there are absolutely  better days ahead, and when that time comes - we will be ready to grab our new lives by the horns, and drink deep.

Hey! Ho! Let's Go!


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

96.5 Teacher of the Month

I was surprised last week when the two morning DJs from 96.5 entered my classroom. Come to find out, I had been nominated to be 96.5's Teacher of the Month.  A parent of one of my students had written in, and it all made me feel really great.  

The thing about teaching is that there are just so many rewarding moments in the job.  It honestly never gets old.  In many ways, being a teacher allows me to have a beautiful view into the goodness of humanity. There are so many kind and generous people out there, and working in public school provides a great opportunity to see it.  

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So, I am feeling grateful today.  Thanks to all of you for making this a wonderful ride. 




Saturday, December 28, 2019

Sapiens

Image result for sapiens bookOne of the things I love most about being a teacher is the constant push to learn more. Every semester presents another opportunity to dig a bit deeper into topics.  This just never gets old, and I still look forward to learning more about ...well, everything.  And if everything works out correctly, I get to share it with my students, and hopefully light a spark that interests at least one of them.  As a result, every day is a new opportunity to grow.  What a great job!


So, over this last month, I have been reading Sapiens: a Brief History of Humankind.  I have had to walk away from this book, and return to it several times - mostly because some of the theories presented take time to digest.  But overall, I am captivated by it.  Essentially, the writer delves into the specific things that separate Homo Sapiens from all other species.  The most important transition is what he terms the "cognitive revolution."  Basically, something happened between 70,000 to 30,000 years ago that allowed Homo sapiens to communicate at a level never seen before in language. This, in turn, enabled sapiens to cooperate in large numbers.  This cooperation may be the key to everything that humankind has accomplished since.  It is captivating.

And it has started to turn my wheels, and inspires me to add some new questions to my class discussions.  It is fitting that we are at the start of a new semester, as I can't wait to get started.  My brain is filled with new ideas, and I even got a new pair of shoes - so let's go!!

Friday, December 13, 2019

I'm Lovin' It

I love being a teacher.  It is an intense job though, and it requires a lot of me to be good at it.  We are lucky that there are breaks built in to the calendar, because being on one's game, working with 20-30 students at a time all day is exhausting - but exhilarating.  And I just can't imagine living without it. 

My classes this semester are made up of super cool kids.  I love to spend these days with them, learning new stuff, asking questions, and laughing our way through it all.

I am grateful for the opportunity to do this, today - and everyday.





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