Fatherhood and Teaching

I have found that one of the most difficult things about being a high school teacher is being a high school teacher with two small children. It’s not that having two small children makes it harder to get work done at home, which they do, or that my teaching and coaching keeps me away from them more than I would like, which it does. Those aren’t really difficulties as much as they are inconveniences. No, the thing that makes this job difficult for me is seeing all of the possible outcomes for my children.

Such a great post that sums up many of the feelings I’ve had about being back in the classroom again this year…

This is the first year I’ve been a teacher since having children. Now that we have #2 (2 girls… ahhh! and no, her name is not Commander Riker, although that would be awesome) on the way, I’m sure this feeling of anxiousness about the future of my children will only amplify.

I just daily try to keep in mind the lessons I learn and observe from the many good parents of my students as I navigate this utterly terrifying and always wonderful world of fatherhood.

Old News in the Classroom

The News Archive Partner Program provides a way for Google and publishers and
repositories to partner together and make historical newspaper archives discoverable
online. As part of Google News, the News archive search function provides an easy way
to search and explore historical archives.

via news.google.com

I’ve used this feature a couple of times in the past week with my 8th graders… they did seem to really enjoy seeing historical newspapers presented this way.

I remember being so excited to find a copy of a “moon landing” paper from ’69 at an antique shop when I was high school, so I had to buy it.

Funny how some things never change.

Anyway, this is a great resource for teachers in all areas/grade levels.