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”

Dead mentors leave clues as to when I feel like a real teacher

I knew my days in newspapers were almost over when I wrote the obituaries for Ken Fuson and Robert D. Woodward on the same day. Ken was the best writer any of us at the Register have ever known. He may have been the best writer in the history of the Register. He was aContinue reading “Dead mentors leave clues as to when I feel like a real teacher”

Bill to remove teacher test is an A+ idea

A bill that would remove testing as a requirement for teaching licenses is before the Iowa Senate.  It passed the House unanimously.  Dear Iowa Senate, please pass this bill and get it under Gov. Kim Reynolds pen at once.  I rarely speak publicly about political issues anymore, but I confess my vested interest in thisContinue reading “Bill to remove teacher test is an A+ idea”