Tag: teaching

I’m excited to announce…


I’m proud to announce… I’m writing a book. The validation I’ve been desperately seeking for years came twice last week. First, in a heartfelt message, a reader explained how my writing resonates with them and their struggles and that they would be first in line to buy my book… whenever I wrote it. That turned […]

Thank you for connecting with me and what we did for my wife on her 40th birthday


Thank you for connecting with me and what we did for my wife on her 40th birthday The last four posts have been hard to write. Yet writing about the death of one of my students has been cathartic. It has helped me to embrace loss, gain perspective, ask big questions, and appreciate the things […]

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 […]

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 […]

A letter to my daughter on her 11th birthday


The following is a letter to my daughter who turned 11 this week. Dear Haley, Happy 11th Birthday! You’re now old enough to know that after all the books, after the classes, after all the stuff– the crib, the bottles, the baby wipe warmer, the jars of mashed apricots, after the advice from your grandparents […]

We are all connected


~This is a new post~ The murder of Samantha Josephson has consumed me since I heard on the morning of Saturday, March 30th. Samantha graduated from the high school which I’ve taught for 12 years. I didn’t teach Samantha but I taught her sister and when Samantha was a 12th grader we shared a few […]

Life Favors the Brave


A student writes a fantastic piece of how their grandfather use to take them fishing on summer mornings. How standing on the bank, listening to the lake lap against the shore, under the morning sun they found peace. A peace they could not find anywhere else. Then winter turns and their grandfather dies. They write […]

Life favors the brave


A student writes a fantastic piece of how their grandfather use to take them fishing on summer mornings. How standing on the bank, listening to the lake lap against the shore, under the morning sun they found peace. A peace they could not find anywhere else. Then winter turns and their grandfather dies. They write […]

I once had a supervisor I disagreed with.


I’m sure you can relate. During a performance review, my supervisor told me that my teaching style,  a fusion of storytelling and instruction, was not practical and measurable on state exams. “You’re job is to teach reading and writing skills not to tell bedtime stories.” At the time of our meeting, I’d been teaching for […]