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A little blog written by an ordinary person about everyday life. Just reflections and humorous.. experiences about things that happen or could happen to all of us.

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  • Testing, Testing, 1 2 3Can you sit for 2 1/2 hours and read?  I would guess that most people could not do it.  Yet that is what we expect elementary schoolchildren to do in this lovely state of North Carolina every year.  (I suspect more states employ this t...
  • A Switch Hitter (and that would be me)
    on Sep 7, 2012 in politicians Democrats
    Most of my friends know that I have been a Democrat since I was able to vote.  To me, the Democratic Party stands for so many of the things I believe in, like helping others who are less fortunate, and racial and gender equality.  Howe...
  • Bad Teacher (No Contract for You!)Everywhere I look recently I see an article or hear a news story about a bad teacher.  The media is digging out bad teacher stories like squirrels looking for a nut.  Don't get me wrong--most of the bad teacher stories I read are appalling.
  • What did you learn this year?The last day of school for my students is tomorrow.  This school year ends my 21st year of teaching.  Argh!  I just can't believe it!  Where did all the time go?  And most importantly, how did I get so old?  But even as...
  • Things I Wish I Had Learned as a Student Teacher
    on May 13, 2012 in teaching student teacher
    I had a student teacher this year.  She was actually a year-long intern, but she graduated from college this past Saturday so her time in my classroom is over.  I've been thinking a lot about the things I should have told her.  Here ar...
  • Who Wants to be a Teaching Assistant?Yesterday every teacher assistant in my county got a pink slip.  They are all being fired as of June 30.We knew our school district's budget for 2012-2013 wasn't looking good.  We knew there would be cuts.  What we did not know (until...
  • America the Beautiful?Something stinks in this country, and it is our politicians and the games they play.I grew up in a medium-sized, blue collar city in the Midwest.  My family was middle-class, with my dad working two jobs and my mom staying at home with us kids (...
  • A Day In the Life
    on Mar 30, 2012 in teaching
    written:  March 20117:00 Arrive at School.  Run to the conference room to check out the testing books.  Feel like I have to sign my life away to get the testing materials.  Run back to my classroom where my students are hapaz...
  • Black Thursday, March 1So a few months ago I decided to start a Facebook group called "North Carolina Teachers for Change."  I had this idea that maybe some teachers could band together, share information, and keep on top of the changes happening in the North Carolina...
  • The Death of a Legend
    on Jan 22, 2012 in Joe Paterno Penn State
    This morning a true American legend died--Joe Paterno.  I know many people have bad feelings about JoePa because of the whole sex abuse scandal, and I can understand those feelings.  I worked for three years with children who had suffered a...
  • Losing the Best
    on Dec 14, 2011 in young teachers teaching burnout
    There's something wrong with a system that is losing its best and brightest to burnout.  I'm talking about the education system.In all my years of teaching (20), I have never, repeat never, seen teachers so discouraged, disheartened, and downtro...
  • Happy Birthday Steve
    on Oct 19, 2011
    (originally published on Friday, May 6, 2011) I lost a friend a year ago.His name was Steve.  We were high school acquaintances.  Thanks to Facebook we became good buddies.  We chatted online or on the phone almost every day. ...
  • Best Friends for Life, Part 2 ("Hard to Say I'm Sorry")
    on Oct 8, 2011 in best friends
    My blog readers know that back in July I wrote an entry about my relationship with my best girlfriend.  At that time, I was confident we would be best friends forever.  Now, I am not so sure.  What happened?  I'm quite sure you ar...
  • Doing It For The Kids
    on Sep 18, 2011 in teaching
    Recently I've been doing a lot of thinking about my job.  Most of you know I'm a teacher.  I've been wondering when it will get to the point when it is no longer worth it to me to be stressed all the time except for two months in the summer...
  • We're Not Gonna Take It
    on Aug 24, 2011 in teaching
    So it's another school year again.  My 21st in the classroom.  Anyone out there in my shoes?  Let me ask you a question:  Do you think it gets harder every year?I am so frustrated right now.  I'm frustrated by the administrat...
  • Teachers in August
    on Aug 18, 2011 in teaching new school year
    Can you hear it?  Listen closely . . . all around the United States parents are cheering.  It is August and back to school time!  Simultaneously, teachers are sighing and children are crying.  It's enough noise to sink a batt...
  • "We Saved This City"March 1982.  Fort Wayne, Indiana.  The city was facing a flood the likes of which had been seen only way back in 1913.You may be wondering why I would bring this up 29 years later.  Well, the other day my mom handed me a booklet that h...
  • Eating the Deadliest Catch
    on Jul 18, 2011 in Myrtle beach crab legs
    Well, it's almost that time of the year when I take a week to visit the beach.  Every year my significant other and I spend a fun week in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  I don't know why we always go to Myrtle Beach, because t...
  • Family Affair
    on Jul 10, 2011 in family reunions Myer family
    Like a lot of American families, my extended family gets together every July for a family reunion.  This year was no different.  Every year, we follow pretty much the same schedule, eat basically the same types of food, and listen to the sa...
  • To Confront or Not To Confront
    on Jul 4, 2011 in talking during a movie Cars 2
    To confront or not to confront:  that is the question.  I'm quite sure all of you have been in this position  You aren't sure whether to confront inappropriate behavior or to ignore it.Usually, I take the high road and ignore it. ...
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