Month: May 2019

Let the healing begin


Let the healing begin When tragedy strikes–when is the right time to move forward? When is it okay to laugh and smile again? For the past 9 years, in the days leading up to then senior prom, I have been performing  “Armstrong’s Awesome Prom Power Point” to my students. It’s a fun presentation mixed with […]

My hardest day as a teacher came this week


My hardest day as a teacher came this week On Monday night a current student of mine passed away. It wasn’t the student I told you about last week. In first period on Tuesday morning I informed my class of 12th graders that one of their classmates was dead. By their reactions, it was clear […]

Happy Mother’s Day


Happy Mother’s Day Like most husbands and sons, Mother’s Day often sneaks up on me until I’m at the food store and the Mother’s Day display of chocolates and flowers and stuffed bears gently reminds me Mother’s Day is Sunday. Despite my shortsightedness, I’m forever grateful for the moms in my life. More than anyone […]

Thank someone today


Thank someone today A student writes an alarming piece and hands it to me. The piece contains suggestive material that I immediately report to the guidance department. The student is called from my class and is gone for over an hour and when they come back they grab their books and leave. There is an […]

The scary step forward


The scary step forward This is for F. Lately I’ve been really interested in American Westward expansion of the mid-19th century. Partly because I just watched The Revenant again and partly because I just finished reading a fantastic novel, The Indifferent Stars Above by Daniel James Brown, which chronicles the harrowing western journey of several […]

Leave it to the dead to teach us about living


Leave it to the dead to teach us about living This post is dedicated to JR and LM. Keep fighting kids. It’s worth it. Yesterday, before I received Deb Dauer’s inspirational blog-turned-book, Not Gonna Be a Debbie Downer I highlighted the following sentence in Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius’s journal, Meditations: “The whole of present time […]