Me Time.

Teaching – whatever your district, building and students may be – is a passion, a service, a gift to and for others. But in order to pour ourselves out, we must first fill ourselves up. … More Me Time.

The (unbelievable) Kindness Diaries

We’re nearing the end of an interdisciplinary unit with their Health course, and because my students range so vastly in age, ability and length of time in our facility, finishing projects has a few more hurdles than in typical classrooms  (not to say projects don’t always present hurdles for teachers, because they always always do). We have … More The (unbelievable) Kindness Diaries

Land of the Free

Listen: Land of the Free Lyrics: Lyrics On Tuesday, my husband picked me up from Pilates and had a song playing (as he usually does, the man can’t drive without music). We were a few miles down the road before my ears triggered – “Babe, what is this song? I need to teach it.” He goes, “It’s … More Land of the Free

Something beautiful

Today, I watched one of my favorite students fly across a table to tackle one of my least favorite students. We called a Code Red, students were restrained and marched up to their rooms where they were locked for an hour while we processed the incident. They came down for lunch, and we narrowly avoided … More Something beautiful

Coal.

As teachers, we recognize that some of our students will not have the happy, gift-filled holidays we would wish for them. We acknowledge that while we are going to enjoy two weeks of [probably] getting sick as the semester catches up with us, giving us an excuse for staying in bed all day watching Netflix and … More Coal.

A Year in Limbo

We have a student right now who has been with us for 15 months. For 15 months he has lived in absolute limbo. Not knowing if he will be locked up for 4 years or 40. Numbers and names being constantly thrown around by Judges, lawyers, and the likes. I guess we’re getting a little … More A Year in Limbo