Hopefully This Is My Last Career Change

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I wasn’t actively job hunting. In fact, I’d settled for a life in the education system. The plan was to keep writing on the side and hopefully build a respectable following over the decades. I’d coach sports and help shape the futures of other people’s children. You know: that realistically ideal crap. Or do I mean ideally realistic? Whatever I mean, I know it’s reality with a dose of idealism.

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One Quarter Left!

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Now that all the necessary parties know, I can finally reveal that I’ll be switching from teaching to writing full time upon completion of the 2016-17 school year. Continue reading

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Why Sporks Were Invented

(Image courtesy of Deviant Art) Maybe if I were a mom this would have been so obvious. These last two years in education have been a backwards way of learning to be a parent. I’ve started wit…

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Why Sporks Were Invented

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Maybe if I were a mom this would have been so obvious. These last two years in education have been a backwards way of learning to be a parent. I’ve started with teens and worked my way down to preteens. One lesson this year is that children are masters of using items in every way BUT for their original intents and purposes. Continue reading

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Erm, hello again!

Yeah, it’s been a while

Okay, it’s been about seven months since my last post. I haven’t forgotten about my blog but, needless to say, I haven’t put forth the effort to keep it going.

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It’s been a mix of hesitation and a need to veg on weekends after all that grading and lesson planning. I’ve hesitated to blog about anything because the last thing I need is to inadvertently violate any FERPA laws. I wish I could write all about the amazing joys of teaching, along with all the woes only a teacher knows but there’s so much I have to be careful about. It locked up my fingers as they hovered over my keyboard, thoughts trying to coax my fingertips to start dancing all over the keys. So yeah, I erred on the side of caution and vanished from the world. Continue reading

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Is Being a “Good” Girl Hurting Your Career? Why “Bad” Girls Become Best-Sellers

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Today is a repost because of a death in the family last week. But you know what? Life moves on.  I chose this post because we all need a good kick in the ass now and again, even ME.

It was a FUN post and a good way to get my moxie back….because seriously my moxie got kicked in the face last week. I am sure NONE of you have been there. Feeling like a failure, like nothing you do matters?

Well, get over it. We are going to have a hell raising Monday!

Last fall I read Kate White’s I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know. There are bad books, okay books, good books and great books. But there is another kind of book and it’s the rarest.

The game-changer.

White has a witty, sassy style. She is seamlessly intelligent and down-to-earth in…

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Damaged but Repairing

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I have officially survived and succeeded at my first year as a secondary education teacher. I learned a lot, and I mean a LOT. Next year will be far better, wherever life chooses to put me.

I’ve learned a fair bit about the education system, how it works (and sometimes doesn’t), how classroom management is of paramount importance, the value of being genuine when it comes to caring about students, and that teaching is for me. To be honest, I may adopt one day. Skip the diapers and terrible twos and crap. Heck, I still want to adopt so many of my now former students. So many of them deserve better lives than what they have. Continue reading

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