Acing Your (Teaching) Interview

Your resume is solid, your cover letter passed the writing skills test, and now you are preparing for your teaching interview! What, next? First of all, make sure that you come to your interview prepared. Although not required, it might be a good idea to bring a portfolio with you–something that you can leave behind […]

The 5 R’s (and an M) Recipe for Classroom Management

Rigor: When students are over challenged and feel unsuccessful, or are under challenged, and get bored, misbehavior happens. Keeping the material just above their current thinking structures, but still at an obtainable level, curves that misbehavior because they are busy learning and not busy thinking of what picture to draw on the desk or how […]

Critically Thinking is Just Good for the Soul

This weekend, I went to see The Revenant, and the entire time, I was transfixed on the camera angles, the transitions, the fog that incurred on the camera at Leo breathed. I loved the complicated social position Mr. Glass gained—agency in both the white and the Pawnee world, but not the Sioux world. I thought, […]

The Players & Pawns of My Very Own Existential Crisis

During my existential crisis, I did a lot of soul searching that was done in the form of traveling, experiencing new things, interviewing all kinds of people, and devoting a good deal amount of time to contemplation and self-reflection. I had to re-situate myself in the world in terms of my faith and religion, my […]

Other People’s Children

I gained a revelation this summer that completely changed my approach to teaching.  The backstory is that sometime this summer, I was doing some typical Facebook stalking of a childhood friend of mine who recently got married. She had a BEAUTIFUL wedding that probably cost her parents around $75,000. With the wedding came every detail possible: […]

My Teaching Philosophy, Updated.

In teaching school, I spent about two years creating a ‘teaching philosophy’ that I could talk about in an interview. It included phrases such as, “praise in public, punish in private”, “build good relationships”, and “backwards design planning”. Of course, being fresh out of college, I had NO idea what any of these terms event […]

My Teacher Salary and My Teacher Summer Vacation

I tend to get myself a little too involved with educational politics–to the point that I don’t sleep at night because I am so worked up. And, with my sarcastic personality and dry sense of humor, sometimes I don’t always say what I truly believe. I created a couple of enemies these last couple weeks […]

Miss Caroline Fischer

(I have to preface this post with an apology. My freshmen classes just started reading To Kill a Mockingbird this week, which is one of my all time FAVORITE stories to read. I get kind of encapsulated and hyper-focused on this novel while I teach it and I constantly throw out references and quotes. So, […]