Intervals (Daily/Weekly Life)

Teaching Discourse in the Year of the Donald

Teaching Discourse in the Year of the Donald

It’s the time of the summer that I have started to slowly turn my attention back to my classroom, making plans for the coming year and reviewing my curriculum.  As a social studies teacher, many of my objectives align with…

Settling In

Settling In

Now that I am gainfully employed at UConn, solving one large variable in my life, I’m at work recalculating the other parts. Although having switched out one unknown for a constant comes with a caveat, as my job is currently…

Sometimes It Snows in April

Sometimes It Snows in April

It’s been a tempestuous month. There’s been some highs and lows, but the pendulum is sweeping in a positive direction. For starters, I landed a job at the University of Connecticut. I’ll be doing a variety of publicity and marketing…

Feeling Emotions Pull

Feeling Emotions Pull

On the March 29, 2016 episode of THE TONIGHT SHOW, Jimmy Fallon hosted musical guest Michael Stipe, the frontman of R.E.M., who performed a beautiful rendition of David Bowie‘s “The Man Who Sold the World” in promotion of the upcoming…

Teaching Civics in the Year of The Donald

Teaching Civics in the Year of The Donald

Earlier this year, I asked my 8th grade social studies class to raise their hand if they would be turning fourteen before November.  Most of them raised their hands.  “That means,” I told them, “that you will be able to…

Inspirational Songs: R.E.M.’s “I Believe”

Inspirational Songs: R.E.M.’s “I Believe”

In my previous post I was discussing my pursuit of employment, which has its unique challenges and while I largely kept it based on reason and logic, I felt I should punctuate it with something full of positive feeling. One of…

3.17.2016: Restate My Assumptions

3.17.2016: Restate My Assumptions

It’s been about 2 months and I’m dozens of applications deep into my job search which has, thus far, yielded no results. Not even an interview. For the past week or two, I’ve been assessing my approach and presentation to…