Snow Day Musings

After being told we never have snow days in Denver, this has been proven wrong TWICE this year!

Being stuck inside prompted me to do two things:

1. Work on the various projects I don’t get to tackle during the week (National Board, library building, grant applying)

2. Plan my spring break and summer!

Last week, I had a little existential breakdown about teaching and learning; particularly about the ‘sit in the classroom and learn’ model. It doesn’t always work too well for who’s in my classroom. It feels stagnant and one-dimensional. I have quite a few boys in my classes this session and am struggling to make the curriculum relevant to them. I also feel like there is a lot of untapped potential in getting students writing and interacting with their community! A colleague and I are going to be starting a library here at our school, and I’m excited about the possibilities that will have for students to read, share, and connect with the community in that way.

So, today I’m making myself more aware about what opportunities there are in getting students out of the classroom and into the ‘real world’ in a way that goes beyond the linear field trip model (not that field trips aren’t wonderful!) I can’t believe how many grants are available that we don’t know about as teachers! I will hopefully be able to compile a list and share ’em on here soon. Teaching Traveling has been an inspiration so far, if you’ve got the travel bug and want to live vicariously through others 🙂

Dreaming back to student teaching in Belize and planning big things for the summer! Where should I go, guys?


Enjoy the snow day, Denver area teachers! The perks of this job are for real 🙂



25 Things I Learned From Student Teaching

It ended about a month ago, but everything about it is resonating in my head. The students, the teachers, the parents, the failed lessons, the joyous lessons, and the lessons I learned. As I’m about to face countless interviews (mock and real), I’m going to have to answer the questions that seem so obviously answerable to me, but for some reason are the hardest to articulate in a neat little response: “What’s your philosophy of education?” “Tell me about yourself.” “What’s your biggest strength? Weakness?”

“Why do you want to be a teacher?”  

I’m not so sure I can safely say my current answers to those questions are concise, understandable, or outstanding, but this list should get me started.

What I Learned During Student Teaching