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RinR: Feelings under an Eyelash Moon


But I'm at that age (and these feelings come and go in waves and seasons for me) where I wonder if I spent my whole life feeling self-conscious about what we gently refer to as "child-bearing hips" for nothing...

TeacherDiaries: YOLO. You Only Latin Once. (The one where I leave my job)


I started my unexpected teaching career with nothing: I didn't know Latin, I'd never taught, never even been in a private school, wasn't affiliated with the church...In my interview, I literally told the principal "I don't know why you'd hire... Continue Reading →

TeacherDiaries: Racism.


Today in Spanish class, one of the activities asked where one could learn Spanish in our community, and what were some reasons why one would want to study Spanish. One student, who is definitely smart, funny, and mature, answered "well, all... Continue Reading →

Teacher Diaries: The Little Things


As a teacher, many images come to mind when I think of things that may "define" me. You can probably think of them, too. Meetings, emails, grading papers, ink all over my hand, students, brown bag lunches, the copy machine,... Continue Reading →

TeacherDiaries: How to give a good gift at Christmas (because I really can’t eat another cookie)


You know the scene - it's Christmas time (or "holiday tree time) and you want to show appreciation to your child's teacher. You want it to involve your child, be meaningful, maybe even fun. You want it to be cheap.... Continue Reading →

Say “Boo” to Bullies. (Teacher Diaries) (294)


 I saw this Youtube clip posted on facebook. It gave me goosebumps and tears and I knew I needed to share. Not just because I can identify with being called "fat," and have had to get past the hurtful words... Continue Reading →

TeacherDiaries: Is this real life? (293)


This is my fourth year of teaching junior high, and unfortunately I'm having one of those quarter-life crisis moments where you look at your job, calculate how much time you spend loving it minus the time you spend hating it,... Continue Reading →

HowGirlsWork: Things Never to Say to a Woman


I work as a junior high teacher. This morning, as I walked in, clearly hustling from the parking lot, arms full of various bags, freshly make-upped, haired, clothed in what I *thought* was a cute outfit, a mom I normally adore... Continue Reading →

So long, Sweet Summer (288)


Forgive me, readers, for I have lived away from my blog. It has been two months since my last post. A lot has gone down this summer, and my Fall is going to be busier. It's my fourth year of... Continue Reading →

Teacher Diaries: “I like the new teacher girl.” (286)


I made it through my first week of special ed summer school, and as a reward, came down with a case of strep throat. (Side note: if you need a new diet trick, google images for "strep throat." Appetite will... Continue Reading →

TeacherDiaries: How to have a Great Parent/Teacher Conference


Today I had roughly sixty parent/teacher conferences. Some with both parents present, some with the child present. Most were fanTAStic. Some were awkward. One was horrifying. And I thought to myself, "Self, some of these parents need some loving (or... Continue Reading →

the teacher becomes the student…


Saturday is THE.DAY. CSET testing day. Five Hours. 162 multiple choice questions, 11 short essays, covering Columbus to genetics, quadratic equations to your mom, and everything in between. If I pass, things are great. If I don't....there will be ___________... Continue Reading →

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