Mobile Minutes: Pi Day


Because there’s no way that life should just be boring and routine, right?

While sitting in a meeting with other instructors this morning, the day of March 14, 2016 began to populate in our discussions. For the non-math individuals out there (including myself), this day is known by many as “Pi Day”.

March 14=03/14=3.14.

Make sense?

Precisely.

Actually, it’s a really cool deal that math teachers make of Pi Day with their students. So much so that with our school of awesome teachers, I was informed that this year there would be a race involved also.

March 14=03/14=3.14=3.1=5K.

As part of the celebration of Pi Day, our 7th grade students will be running with a few teachers in a 5K race for the ages. Personally, I think this is something completely awesome. So, next month I’ll be lacing up and instead of entering the classroom, I’ll be stepping onto the course with coworkers and students alike.

That’s pretty cool in my book.

-D-

Mobile Minutes: Times of Height


These are the times that I swore that I’d remember when they came…

It was the student who brought me a bag of chocolates today (and a stress ball; I fear it was an unspoken indicator of my constant state in class). It was the ‘Merry Christmas’ text from the guy who set up the amazing house that Darco and I now call home. It was sitting on the floor, leaning against the bed where my wife laid, talking about the direction of our lives, and thanking her for existing.

Continue reading

#getyourpraiseon


Remember that time when I said I’m a teacher…

image

Now let me whip...

…and that we do crazy things in class…

image

Maslow & Freud would be proud.

…and frequently I run around like a chicken with my head cut off…

image

I can't run this fast, but I know YOU can...

…and I’m encouraged daily by my peers…

image

Ho-ho-ho, green giant.

…it’s ‘ight.

Blessed.

-D-

Mobile Minutes: Teacher Cash


Two strange things about my first teaching paycheck:

1. My students applauded the news as if I was a victor of the Hunger Games. It’s as if they knew how painful a month without pay really was.

2. First purchase? A set of black ink pens (G2’s) that I opened similar to a pack of aged Cuban’s. I pulled one out and proceeded to place the rest in my storage closet and lock the door.

I’m transitioning wonderfully.

-D-

Mobile Minutes: Never Ending Joy


I love how life is no longer, “just another week.” I’m grateful that I’m praying for Friday night because I’m so tired each day from school. Frankly, teaching is so fun it’s rather disturbing. This week was another taste of insanity; school, parent teacher conferences, debates, and my first experience at cross country meets.

Does it get better? I’m not sure because this stuff is fun…

image

Assignment: Attack your thoughts about these political cartoons and propaganda with Post-It notes. Good luck!

image

My very first cross country runners with their hard earned medals.

This is a pretty cool life.

-D-

#getyourpraiseon


I finally had a rough day. Everyone has off days, and today one of my classes had that day.

However, after cross country practice I was able to talk it out with one of the first teachers I met in 2013. She listened for nearly 50 minutes as I clamored on, listening intently to my stories. Even though we’re in the same school the sheer size keeps me from visiting.

I’m grateful for the opportunity this afternoon. It took a load off my shoulders, and allowed me to understand that we will all have off days.

-D-

XXXI: Bell Ringing & Tardies


I am blessed.

I’m just over a week into being an official teacher inside the school I’m currently with. It’s been a whirlwind of a month; from teacher orientation, room design and construction (literally), to the very first day of school. It’s easily a thought that I’ve processed on multiple days, but have concluded that the battery life in my keyboard wouldn’t last long enough for me to type out all of my thoughts in relation to this amazing experience.

Truly, the best way to sum it up is to say that I’m blessed. Continue reading