I Remember . . .

This is my 23rd year in education.  To some, that may not be much of a milestone.  However, the sheer number of students whom I’ve taught is enough to make my head spin!  I’ve tried doing the math; I think it comes out to approximately 2500 students (give or take) over the course of those 23 years...

“He’s Making a List, He’s Checking It Twice!”

As you know, I write for our school’s Parent Newsletter.  Here is the most recent column; I encourage you to share what I’ve written as a way to offer reading suggestions to parents over Christmas (yep, I said it!) break.  Go ahead and make copies on festive paper and write a little holiday note to each of your students.  Then, as they walk out the door, give them their own personal letter – they will appreciate that you are thinking of them, and parents will appreciate the suggestions!

On being the Sub

Let’s be honest, being a substitute teacher (heretofore known as “the sub”) can be a thankless job.  I was a January graduate and teaching jobs were difficult to come by.  As a result, I started subbing.  One of my first gigs was at a local suburban high school.  One of the reasons that job came to fruition was because my mother-in-law was one of the school secretaries.  Remember, it truly is about who you know.