I burnt out recently. Teachers are being asked to manage a lot right now in addition to the pressures of their lives outside of work. I thought I’d share my story.
It was a moment of calm frustration for me this morning as I was explaining to my students what it’s like to teach through Zoom, to talk to a video of myself talking. I probably made some quip about how good looking I am but that it’s not enough to keep me engaged. I likely… Continue reading The daily cycle of teaching online
A few weeks ago, I started making a list of things that I want to do this summer. The list reads like every other incomplete list from every previous summer: go to the museum; read; write; work on Letters’ Lounge; go fishing; go to the gym. Everything I want to do this summer is something… Continue reading A Silent Summer
It’s the holidays.
5 am. My alarm goes off at 5 am. By 7:00, I had better be no more than ten minutes away from leaving for work. If I get to work by 7:45, I’m pushing it. Officially, I have to be at work by 8:30 and in class by 8:50. 45-65 minutes isn’t enough to get… Continue reading I remember how to do this
I’ve washed my hands at least a dozen times in the six hours since this happened. I sincerely hope that the tie-dye t-shirts turn out. There are still four more to finish tomorrow. This happened a couple of weeks ago while planting seeds. I wish I could explain myself.
One thing that really gets me right pissed is insolence. When teaching, students who willfully ignore me drive me up the fucking wall. They love it; I can only imagine how amusing I look when I get angry. Another thing that really gets me is when students start to believe that they are stupid. It… Continue reading Every(body) Student Just Wants to be Seen
I’ve been thinking about what it means for me to pursue a teaching career. I’m one of the lucky ones. I’m not one of the luckiest ones, but I’m one of the lucky ones. I’ve been very fortunate to have other teachers and school administrators enjoy working with me and having me in their schools.… Continue reading Thoughts About My Teaching Career, So Far
I’ve never really had a nickname that’s stuck. In elementary school, there was a kid named Gurtej who kept calling me “Al”. I hate being called “Al”. Isn’t the name somewhat anachronistic? I have nothing against the name, in fact, I attach a certain affection to it, but it’s not my bloody name. My name… Continue reading A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, except, in this case, if that name is “Al”
Hey folks, today, I’m going to ask you for a favour: can you please complete this survey? The survey is to help me get some information from you so that I can put together a functional, relevant, and informative tutoring website. The idea is to create a knowledge and resource base built on the real… Continue reading A Survey for Mr. G. Tutors