How’s the New School?

I’ve been asked this a lot lately, and it’s a tricky question to answer. What I can say with confidence is that I’m still sure that changing schools was the right move.  I miss the kids and some of my colleagues at my old school, but holy crap is it wonderful to be home in

Three Unrelated Things

#1 I had an interesting discussion with my 6th graders in homeroom this week about the new French law banning cell phones at school for students under 15.  Surprisingly, most of them were fine with the idea so long as they had access to their phones to and from school.  There seems to be a


I have a small flock of sixth graders in my homeroom class.  As I checked in with them (and, for that matter, with the seventh graders I saw in the next class period), the number one thing they were worried about in starting middle school was lockers. I drew a combination lock on the board

Ah, Middle School

1.  Tyler, waiting for the bell to ring to start class, stares at the stuffed chicken on my bookshelf, cogs visibly turning. “Hey, look at that big cock!” he declares loudly, then looks around to see if anyone has reacted. Because the only people in the room are me and three seventh grade girls on

New Classroom

It took a while, but I’m finally feeling settled into my new classroom. When I took the job, the admin. asked me what kind of furniture I wanted. I said I preferred tables to desks and that above anything else, it needs to be easy to move out of the way. When I came in