Barf and lamination: Milestones for this novice teacher keep piling up

The teaching milestones keep piling up. A couple weeks ago a student threw up in my classroom. I’ll spare you the details save to say it was clear the poor child had some apples during the day. I sprang into action, which is to say I told him to go ahead to the nurse. HeContinue reading “Barf and lamination: Milestones for this novice teacher keep piling up”

Anxiety over a new job is a weird game of ‘What’s in the box?’

Anticipation used to be joyful. I remember being so excited for Christmas Day that I would go to bed and try to make myself sleep at 4 p.m. and magically make Christmas come faster. It never worked, but the strategy seemed solid at the time. In middle age, anticipation is dreadful. Every unknown carries aContinue reading “Anxiety over a new job is a weird game of ‘What’s in the box?’”

Goal: $2,000. Please, just one last nudge over that hill

Dear friends and supports, I come to you the last time with an urgent request for financial assistance. And I mean last time. I start work as a sixth grade teacher at May Goodrell Middle School in Des Moines on Aug. 11. I would have never gotten this far without the help all of youContinue reading “Goal: $2,000. Please, just one last nudge over that hill”