Runaway Student

A middle schooler ran away from class on Tuesday. He wrote on the wall with a pencil. I got angry and told him to “get out” of the classroom. He did. In fact, he left the building entirely. What?! I was shocked. And even angrier than I already had been. How dare he leave! How dare he […]

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Teacher Life: Confronting Liars

I caught one of my students cheating yesterday. Well, a student in the following class caught her. The girl had written the longest vocabulary word on her test (delicious) on her desk and left it plain as day for the next student who used that desk to see. Not the most subtle technique. But even though the truth […]

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Scary Teacher

The other day I showed a friend my serious teacher face. He got scared. “Usually you seem so sweet and happy, laughing all the time and smiling! Guess that’s not really you,” he said, shaking his head. “What? No! That is me!” I exclaimed. I felt a slight panic come over me at his reaction. […]

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Teacher Life: Was I Like This in Third Grade?

I was nervous going into this week. Actually, I was downright dreading it. I’ve been teaching after school English to a range of elementary to middle school students for a couple months now […]

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