be brave.

when you walk into that classroom tomorrow

be brave. there is a reason you are in that room.

every single student you will meet

from your first day until your very last

needs you. and the ones who seem like they

don’t are the ones who need you the most.

be brave. there is a reason you are in that room.

trust your gut, make eye contact, smile a lot

and be who you already are – the teacher

those students need because

there is a reason you are in that room.

teach on

i was packing my lunch for work (ok, ok – it’s a paid internship) when my wife, seated in the living room, read aloud what the general assembly’s almost-final budget bill does not include.

i stood in the kitchen.

“master’s pay, merit pay, tenure, and no raises.”

she then said, “basically, if you do a good job, you get to teach another year.” Continue reading