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So Maybe This Isn’t a Temporary Gig

Have you ever seen the movie Mr. Holland’s Opus? Richard Dreyfuss stars as the main character, Glen Holland, a musician who has taken a teaching position as he continues to work at his real profession – writing music. The movie follows his career as an educator always longing to be more than a teacher… to … Continue reading »

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Just Another Day in the Life

This is Homecoming Week at the high school where I teach. All week long, students have been gearing up for tomorrow. We are doing what we can to make it bigger and better this year. We are having the world’s longest pep rally tomorrow morning, and later in the day we will have a couple … Continue reading »

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Frau is Dying

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to teach down the hall from one of the most colorful characters I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Ms. Roberta Horan had taught German at one of the local magnet schools for years, and even though she was no longer teaching German, her students insisted upon … Continue reading »

Categories: Epiphanies, Me, School, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Substitute Nightmare

Here is another piece from the past. I only wish I had made this up…. Here in Montgomery, we have an incredible shortage of substitute teachers. We have developed a grueling test for potential candidates that we call the “Spoon Test.” Basically, we hold a spoon up to their mouths and noses. If it fogs … Continue reading »

Categories: Me, School, Writing | 3 Comments