Exit Ticket (Week 22, 2019) – Water, Water Everywhere

As the school year comes to a close, I feel like I've inherited Senior-itis from my 12th graders.  Even though I enjoy my job and my students, I also feel like I'm just plodding along, desperately waiting to be done for the year.  Like any break, the start of summer is full of possibilities and … Continue reading Exit Ticket (Week 22, 2019) – Water, Water Everywhere

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Exit Ticket (Week 20, 2019) – Plasma Flatscreen

I was surprised to realize that I've submitted the lowest amount of Citi Price Rewinds YTD in the last three years ($47 compared to $150 last year and $109 the year before).  At first, I thought that I had missed some.  Happens; lose a receipt or forget to track something here and there.  Then it hit … Continue reading Exit Ticket (Week 20, 2019) – Plasma Flatscreen

Exit Ticket (Week 19, 2019) – Transit Trial Run

Guilty admission: Life got the better of me and I failed to keep up my weekly posts for the last two weeks.  Something similar happened this time last year as well (literally, on the exact same date), so I'm proud of myself that even though I ultimately had to backdate both posts, I knuckled through and … Continue reading Exit Ticket (Week 19, 2019) – Transit Trial Run

Exit Ticket (Week 18, 2019) – The Mold-mobile

In my study, I hung a full size whiteboard on one wall that we use frequently for planning. At the moment, it lists all of our home renovation projects, school events, and assorted social commitments by month. Printed in large, triple-underlined letters is also the phrase, "Are you CRAZY?! It's MAY!!!" as a reminder that … Continue reading Exit Ticket (Week 18, 2019) – The Mold-mobile

Exit Ticket (Week 16, 2019) – Deck Demolition

Breaks from school always pass so quickly.  I really do love my job and I enjoy working with my students, but at the same time, I also really enjoy taking a break from it!  I'm struggling with my whole personal life and professional life feeling out of balance during the school year. Another early retirement … Continue reading Exit Ticket (Week 16, 2019) – Deck Demolition

Exit Ticket (Week 15, 2019) – Spring Break

Whew, I survived until Spring Break! The first time I saw the Attitude of First Year Teachers Rollercoaster Graph was in an AFT (American Federation of Teachers) magazine (this version came from a WEAC article): I think of the graph frequently throughout the year, which helps to reminds me that the disillusionment and frustration, is … Continue reading Exit Ticket (Week 15, 2019) – Spring Break

Exit Ticket (Week 14, 2019) – Take Out Temptation Avoided

The last few weeks have been a frantic dash to Spring Break.  The end of the marking period always brings late afternoons at work with the increase in students staying after school to finish their work and even later evenings grading those projects.  Recently, it's felt like my job is occupying all of my mental … Continue reading Exit Ticket (Week 14, 2019) – Take Out Temptation Avoided

Exit Ticket (Week 13, 2019) – Old Busted Benches

Our house spent a few years as a rental before we bought it, so we inherited an odd assortment of outdoor furniture from the previous tenants and owner, including two homemade wooden benches made out of 2x4s.  In retrospect, those benches really should have been moved to the garage for the winter.  But we didn't … Continue reading Exit Ticket (Week 13, 2019) – Old Busted Benches

Exit Ticket (Week 12, 2019) – Spring

What successes did I have this week? This week, I mitigated a frustrating "oops" from last summer down to a much more palatable $10 "paid for an education."  Last summer, my wife wanted to buy specialized marching band planning/visualization software that would help her during her summer gig.  Unfortunately, the standard "haven't had a tech budget … Continue reading Exit Ticket (Week 12, 2019) – Spring