• Countdown

    Countdowns are everywhere in education. Countdowns to finish work. Countdowns to focus up front. Countdowns to school breaks. The list goes on and on. But one thing I hadn’t thought of in a high school class was a behavior countdown. We were working on a dissection lab one week, and my students were completely engrossed by the “gross and smelly” things happening up front. But as soon as they got the chance to touch the fetal pigs, or pass them around, things got a little more dicey. Like any group of kids, some wanted nothing to do with it, and…

  • Reminders

    One week ago, I was sitting on a plane returning from Philadelphia ready to face a tough week. Life as a student teacher is a little crazy right now. We started the week with a full moon, followed by Friday…

  • “I’m never going to need this”

    I can’t even count the number of times I heard this from one of my City Year students. He’s on the honors track and is in the autobody repair shop. That said, he’s yet to see any of the connections…

  • “They won’t like you until at least November.”

    All throughout my first few weeks of training at City Year, we were told that exact statement. To not get our hopes up for a perfect fall, because students wouldn’t like us until at least November. It makes a lot…

  • Assessments Everywhere

    It’s exam week!! My students are finally taking their first summative exam of the year, and they aren’t super excited. After that, we’re starting a CEPT (curriculum embedded performance task), which is a project based assessment for the unit. While…

  • 15 Reasons Why Teaching and Theatre are the Same Thing

    Last week, we had our open house at my placement, which brought back vivid memories of my own school open houses. My parents stopped coming pretty early on, but I went every year to recruit for the drama department. For…

  • Intro Units as a Vision of the Future?

    Everyone seems to have thoughts about intro units. Some people like easing into the year by getting to know their students and establishing a classroom culture. Other people hate how tedious it can be to go through that process, and…

  • Cell Phones in Class

    Cell phones have a pretty bad rap in schools. It’s pretty easy to see why. Students spend all their time glued to their screens. They’re texting, Instagramming, watching Fortnite videos or mukbangs. But what if that weren’t the case? How…

  • Sustainability through Crabs

    Anyone from Maryland, especially Baltimore, will tell you that crabs are a summer essential. There’s nothing like spending hours sitting outside with friends and family picking through a mountain of fresh blue crabs. So of course, I had crabs when…

  • Summer Camp Blues

    It’s opening day at summer camp, and for the first time in 10 years, I’m not spending my summer as a full time camp counselor. That means no teaching dance/theatre, no sticky/wet hugs, no 8 year olds hanging off my…

  • Dandelions Everywhere

    For anyone not in Rochester right now, there are dandelions EVERYWHERE. Every time I drive back onto campus, little white puffs rain down on my car. There are streams of seeds along every sidewalk near the Genesee. I’ve lived in…