Simple Lessons. Simple Blessings.

I think the lesson I’m supposed to learn in this season of my teaching is how to laugh at myself. Yesterday felt like one disaster after another. In the morning, I had finished setting up in my classroom only to find out that I had to switch classrooms. Then, in two hours, we shifted back…

Teaching Abroad

It’s a humbling experience to teach students from another culture. It’s even more humbling, and daunting, to teach students from another culture whilst being in another country. For those of you who don’t know, I’m currently working in Auckland, New Zealand teaching students from Hong Kong. Each day brings new challenges for me, and I…

The End of the Beginning…

What a whirlwind this entire year has been. I have had the pleasure of working with eighth grade students at Kearsarge Regional Middle School. This first year of teaching was terrifying, electrifying, and emotional. As the teachers rounded up our base groups for the field day competitions, a tsunami of emotions crashed onto my chest….

A Man Called Ove

Have you ever read a book that you know you’ll never be the same after surrendering yourself to? The earth-shattering, cataclysmic meeting of imagination and reality that causes your breath to catch in your chest because you could never dream of something so perfect existing? As an English teacher, I constantly read and write, hoping…

The Wonders of Washington, D.C.

If any of you don’t know me, you might not realize that I’m obsessed with traveling. However, those of you who do know me recognize that I am experienced in the art of visiting other places around the world. Last week, the eighth grade team had the pleasure of taking our students to Washington, D.C.,…

Humbled by the Holocaust

It’s been a while since I’ve written, and the reason has been studying the Holocaust with the kiddos. The unit has given me writer’s block. How can I think of anything to say in the midst of studying something so atrocious? However, my entire perspective changed today after our Holocaust symposium. Amazing things are happening…

A Tribute to Mrs.Tito

Stepping into the classroom for the first time can cause some fluttered nerves for the most confident of people. Who will I sit with? What will we learn? How am I going to make it through to the next year? How will I change? Every student feels this stress, though ideally it is mixed with enthusiasm…

Reflections on “The System”

Hi everyone! As I’m adjusting to the time difference and settling back in at work, I couldn’t help but smile when listening to what my students did over the holiday. For some of these students, getting them to sit up and pretend to pay attention is a struggle. Yet when talking about what they spent their…

Meanderings of a Nomadic Teacher: Iceland (Day One)

During the flight on the way to Iceland, I read an incredible book that contained people’s life stories in six words. The original concept stemmed from Ernest Hemingway, one of my favorite authors of all time. The story goes that a man met Hemingway in a bar and was praising him for his craft in…

A Lesson on: Humor

Laughter is the best medicine. These past few weeks have been exceptionally rough for me as a new teacher. Quarter two wrapped up, and with that comes whiny kids who are frustrated about their grades, upset parents who have not checked their child’s grades, last minute grading, commenting on report cards, etc. etc. Even typing…

A Lesson on: Contentment

I love going to the dentist. Many of you might be questioning whether you should even bother reading such a crazy person’s blog anymore. Please do. I have a point to this. Every time I go to the dentist, I interact with some of the wisest and kindest people around. I’ve been going to the…

I Wish My Teacher Knew That…

One of the most pivotal moments of my illustrious teaching career (I say this sarcastically because I’ve been teaching for approximately fifteen minutes) occurred on accident. A coworker of mine, still unbeknownst to me who it was, left an article in my mailbox on one of my first mornings as a teacher. This short piece of…