Blog Tour: Australia, U.S. and Great Britain

Thanks to Karen at days and months for inviting me to participate in today’s blog tour. Karen and I have been bloggy friends since we met through Blogging 101, a WordPress class. She hails from the Gold Coast of Australia. Days and Months features Karen’s amazing photography. Sometimes after I see her photos, I want…

So You Have A Middle Schooler…

I’m a middle school teacher and a parent so listen up! Here are some helpful tips to smooth out the rough edges of your child’s hormone-fueled middle school years. Stop texting your child at school- This has become a problem of epic proportions!! Students are on their phones a lot which is a nuisance, but…

When I grow up…

What do you want to be when you grow up? Adults never grow tired of asking kids this question. And it’s still fun to think about now. This weekend on my bike ride, I found myself wondering about what some alternative careers might be for myself. First off, I love being a teacher so that’s…

Faking It…

We are finally closing out our school year here in Virginia and are slogging through our final three days before summer officially begins. Grades had to be submitted this morning so we are all just basically hanging out. As an end of the year treat for my students I decided to bring in my griddle…

Am I getting on your nerves?

As a teacher, I certainly know what annoys me about students. But do teachers ever get on their nerves? Yes, it turns out we do.  My students came up with a list of pet peeves they have about teachers. (Present company excluded, of course!) Interspersed throughout the list are some direct quotes from my students that they…

My Beloved Monsters and Me

One of my favorite places is hanging out at my desk in between class periods. My middle school students are coming and going, sharing their news with me and with each other. The air is filled with the smells of middle school: old lunches, sweat, Axe body spray, and dry erase markers. Each and every…