Mom, Your Selfie Game Is Really Bad

This morning my daughter decided I had to take 10 selfies before going into school for our LAST day. Why?? I don’t know. Probably so she could mock me. The requirements? They all had to be different poses or expressions and none of them could be “mean teacher faces.” Why? Well, duh. The point of…

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…