Reflection on many things

Part of my preparation for becoming a teacher, at my MAT program at Johns Hopkins, was to take time to reflect on what I was doing. Further, since my mid-teens, I have rarely been without a small pocket notebook in which to jot down observations and reflections.  In addition, I used to regularly take time…

73 and 364

that means tomorrow I turn 74. I have now been home for 9 weeks.  My seniors have all finished their work as of last week (with a few struggling a bit beyond that) and I manage to get all except 1 through my course (he can retake it in summer school). Not having seen them,…

This will probably get little traffic

and that’s okay with me. Nevertheless I will take the time to write it.   Yesterday completed 5 weeks since I last was in school with my students (March 13).  That is 6 “school days” of Spring Break, 3 days of break for Easter (as a Catholic school, off for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and…

some thoughts from an ordinary blogger

I have no medical expertise but I do understand data and government policy.   So make of this what you will. First the good news.  One of my students was just named a 2nd string HS All-American in basketball, and another was named Honorable mention, both considered in top 50 in country & with D-1 full…

So I've finally made my choice

It is late for me to “decide.”   It is even later than usual for me to to vote.  I can and usually vote absentee in person on the first day possible —  I live in Virginia but work in Maryland so I have no trouble qualifying for the privilege to to do so legally.  Normally…

thoughts – impeachment, politics, and more

Since my stroke on November 12, my online presence, here and elsewhere, has been very limited as I first recovered from that incident, and then underwent my surgery on the 18th, followed by a minor incident (transient ischemic attack — like a minor stroke) on the 20th.  Today I had follow up exams in the…

Some thoughts on the hearings

One “advantage” of having been hospitalized for 76 hours is that I was able to watch a substantial amount of the impeachment hearings on Wed and Fri.   While in general my thoughts were, as might  be expected, in general focused on other topics (including getting back to my students), I have been able to read/watch…

One down, three to go . . .

Friday was the final day of 1st quarter.  It was also the penultimate game for our freshman soccer team.  Both of those events are occasions for another reflection on teaching and related.  If interested in my observations, which will use those as a starting point for broader reflection, please keep reading.  If not, my feelings…

musings on various topics

at the close of the 2nd of a 3 day break from teaching. It is hard not to be angry and even worse at what is happening right now in Northern Syria. As I told my students, the current occupant of the Oval Office broke no laws in the decisions he made — that is,…

So this is my first post since August 25

which is the longest I have ever gone silent here since joining this site during the 2004 cycle in December, 2003. Given how visible I have been here, I thought I owed the community some explanation for my silence. Let me start by noting that I have not lost interest in politics nor in what…

Tomorrow I begin teaching my students

As I wrote in June in So here's my new teaching gig, I am now employed by DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville MD. I am, besides teaching 6 (of the 8) sections of Government required of all seniors, also one of the two coaches of the Freshman soccer team — we have 21 players,…

So here's my new teaching gig

So let me give some background. On May 15 I saw a posting on DC Craigslist for a private high Catholic high school in Hyattsville MD looking for a 12th grade Government teacher.  As a DC area resident since 1982, I was pretty sure that the only Catholic high school in Hyattsville was DeMatha Catholic…

A quick update on me and teaching

with more to come in exactly one week. I am now one week + away from the end of my public school teaching career (I have to report on Monday June 17 to turn in my ID, keys, computer and have my final meeting with my principal). I am not leaving teaching. I am very…

Meditation – Morality, Politics, Life, and more….

This has been a momentous, and somewhat difficult, week. Yes, that applies to politics and international relations to be sure, but it also applies to my personal experiences. Last night my wife left for a weekend birding trip with her father and nephew, leaving me to myself. After puttering around, doing usual weekend tasks of…

I have resigned from my teaching position

effective June 30.   I did so even without having another job, although I am exploring moving to an independent school next year as well as the possibility of employment using my skills as a writer and an editor. I am a retired/rehired teacher in the Prince George’s County Public School System in Maryland.  As such…

Is teaching an art or a science?

I was asked that question a number of years ago, and wrote a brief piece where I explored the issue.  As I now apply to independent schools for the possibility of teaching in one next year, this is one of the documents I include to give a sense of who/what I am as a teacher. …

Do I still really want to be a teacher?

After this week I have to wonder, for lots of reasons. Let me start by acknowledging that the leadership of the school where I work and my fellow educators are quite supportive of me, and after yesterday’s deadline to notify me if I were not being brought back, I have in theory the guarantee of…