Teacher Life: Articulating Emotions

Yesterday I sent a kid out of the classroom with whom I have a love-hate relationship. He can be quite explosive, disruptive, and even violent at times, but I also have this genuine affection for him. And I think he likes me, too.

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Searching

Being shaken forces your roots to go down deeper. That’s something I’ve been learning during this 40-Day Media Fast. (Currently on Day 25––I’ve passed the halfway point!) Man oh man, I didn’t foresee how challenging this fast would be when I started it. Not the giving up TV and movies part. That’s been relatively easy. But […]

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Teacher Life: Unexplainable Feelings

Yesterday my boss came in to talk to me about one of my students. Apparently this student had gone home and told his mother that I treated him unfairly, only punishing him and no one else. While that was not true, I knew exactly which student my boss was talking about even before she mentioned […]

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Teacher Life: Breakthrough

One of my most aggressive and disruptive students had a really good day yesterday. Later that night, as I was reflecting back on the day, I realized that I couldn’t even remember all the frustrating and annoying stunts his classmates had pulled––all the blank looks and random noises and disrespectful comments. The one moment of him tugging […]

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Breaking Out of the Comfort Zone

I have so many comfort zones. Like the cave of my bedroom, in which I can do everything I need to: Eat, sleep, stay warm, watch TV, write, read books, and even see humans (via Skype)! I can do it all without leaving my room! But, as amazing as my room is, I’m realizing there is […]

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