The world around him seemed to slow to a crawl as Parker Davis made his way through the crowd. This is my moment, he thought. He was there. She was there. Everything was falling into place. He knew it wouldn't take more than 30 seconds to cross the room. At that point, he would find … Continue reading Moment

Change of Plans

This post was written in a time when I was still a counselor working in a first grade classroom. Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, the blog post that I had originally planned to post today is being preempted. Today's post was going to be about the first grade class that I observe and … Continue reading Change of Plans

First or Last

Will someone please explain to me why it's so important to be first? I'm not talking about coming in first place in a race or a competition. First place is what people should strive for. It's an indicator of who's the best at something. But why does this carry over to entirely inconsequential events? So … Continue reading First or Last

The Power of the Written Word

I spend the majority of my days observing young children in a classroom setting. Most of the time I find myself frustrated by their behaviors and attitudes. I often wonder if I was like this when I was a kid, or are younger generations actually getting progressively worse? Is that just something old people say? … Continue reading The Power of the Written Word

The Non-Delinquency of Minors

Sometimes I look around the classrooms in which I work and am amazed by a select handful of students. You see, it's been my experience that the vast majority of school children these days are disrespectful, lack common sense, and are generally unable to sit still for more than an average of 2.47 seconds. But … Continue reading The Non-Delinquency of Minors

The Haunted Paper Curtain

I spend a good portion of my day observing several students in a first grade classroom. In this room are five windows along the far wall. The teacher has hung up large pieces of butcher paper to act as makeshift curtains which partially block the bright, early morning sun. There is a strange phenomenon surrounding … Continue reading The Haunted Paper Curtain