Teaching in Uncertain Times: it’s not easy…

Started in July 2021. Posting on the eve of the new year… [this post relates to students who do not require specialized education placement outside the general education population; I am familiar only with students who are able to be in a “gen-ed” classroom at least part of the time – – I am aware […]


Thinking ahead… keeping space and opportunity.

What will the coming summer and school year bring? I honestly do not know. I am certain I have a position as a teacher, but more than that, I am not sure how the year will start out (depends on infection rates…). I am hoping to return to third grade – a near-perfect blend of […]


Learning to be OK with “just okay” or, “Why being the richest doesn’t mean being the best.”

Starting this very long, somewhat rambling post with a disclaimer: I do not pretend to be completely knowledgeable about the history and social dynamics of any country other than the United States. Most of my direct experience in life has been from a somewhat privileged vantage point of the child of two college graduates (both […]


New Year, More of the Same…

More, and Worse? The democratic institution of allowing citizens to vote was threatened even before the recent general election. The votes of tens of thousands of people were at risk of being ignored. And then? THEN irresponsible and unprincipled people began to advocate for open defiance of the laws of the land, and even for […]


New Year: 2020 part TWO?

Remote Learning. Pandemic. Covid. SARS-Cov-19. Social Distancing. Masks. Quarantine. Isolation. Work-from-Home. Black Lives Matter. These terms are not isolated to the year 2020, and except for Covid and SARS-Cov-19, are not new. The issue of public safety sadly took a back seat in an election year with a grossly under-prepared national leadership and woefully underfunded […]


Playing Around: Geeking Out

Round about October-November our son, Matthew, was discussing the “Raspberry Pi” computer he was using (an adjunct to his other devices). I asked if he was interested in getting the magazine and as a bonus (surprise!) it included a “free” basic raspberry pi device for me. It arrived last week. Tonight, Tom is helping me […]


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