The Squeeze Sets In

November 15, 1999  Monday There comes a time during each semester, that every professor decides to tighten the reigns he or she holds over us–all at once.  This usually comes, oh, right about now as we are all looking towards Thanksgiving with big, shiny eyes and a string of drool hanging from our mouths. Could…

Earl Grey in the Park

July 17, 2006  Monday My future self is debating whether to buy a car in Virginia or wait until Illinois.  For personal transportation you see–with room for only whatever I deem to take with me.  The Strict Circus I am a part of will not hitch a ride.   It will be a leisurely, but…

Gaining Ownership of My Classroom

written August 11, 2011   I become a teacher on Monday, in four days. After attending an initial district assembly today in the high school auditorium (complete with a motivational YouTube montage) Sarah (Ms. Barber, my cooperating teacher) and I had some time to discuss the approaching semester.  She’s giving me freedom to do pretty much…

Kickball Injuries and a Flock of Pint-Sized Geese

written May 8, 2012     I had not yet subbed at Jefferson Elementary, an out-of-the-way school in a quiet residential neighborhood of Collinsville, west of the downtown.  I immediately thought it looked like a smaller version of my own massive, red-brick elementary building built in 1892.  But it seemed to be deserted.  I went…