This is the hardest teaching has ever been. Whether you’re a first-year teacher or a 30-year veteran, it’s never been so dang challenging to get through a day of educating America’s youth. It’s friggin’ hard, folks, and it’s hard for a whole lot of reasons beyond teachers’ control.Continue reading
A few years ago, the school where I teach switched from traditional grading to what is called Standards-Based or Skills-Based grading, and to put it as kindly as I possibly can, people did not like it. Continue reading
I want to be a better person.
I think deep down, we all want to be better people, but sometimes finding tangible ways to get there can feel overwhelming. Continue reading
It’s been a month of Sundays since I last posted an update on my ongoing quest to get a book published, and for the first time in a while, I’ve got some tangible news to share: I’ve got an agent! Continue reading
About ten years ago, I wrote my first YA novel. It was dumb.
The main character was this kid named Miles who wrote a fantasy story about a vampire named Raphael Vedemicci who rode a dragon named Sylph. The kid’s actual life sucked, so he made awesome things happen in his story to compensate for the disappointment.
I called it “The Vampire Diary.” I was inconsolable when “The Vampire Diaries” debuted on TV like a year later, but I don’t know why. My book was a G-darned disaster. I’m embarrassed to have said so much about it here, frankly. Readers deserve better. Continue reading