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

Shut Up, You’re Bothering Me

Do you work with someone who has a tendency to annoy you? Does this someone annoy lots of people? Let me assure you, I feel your pain. Lots of people, I'm sure, feel your pain. See, in the workplace, people from numerous walks of life are thrown together for anywhere from six to ten hours … Continue reading Shut Up, You’re Bothering Me

The Single Guy and the First Day of School

The following tale is based on actual events which occurred a number of years ago... It had been a long time since I had gotten excited about the first day of school. There was a time, once upon a time, when I actually looked forward to that fateful September day when I would be able … Continue reading The Single Guy and the First Day of School

The Single Guy vs. the Obstacle Course

The following tale is based on actual events which occurred a number of years ago. This is the second part of a trilogy of stories about the Teacher. You can read part one here... I don't just set out to find things to add to the Murtaugh List. Sometimes, these things just present themselves to … Continue reading The Single Guy vs. the Obstacle Course

The Single Guy and the Teacher

The following tale is based on actual events which occurred a number of years ago. This will be the first part of a trilogy of stories about the Teacher... I didn't have a lot of opportunities to meet single ladies in those days. Nor did I try. I spent a good 85% of my time … Continue reading The Single Guy and the Teacher

Dear Parents,

I am a Therapeutic Day Treatment Counselor. My job is to spend time with your troubled child while he or she is at school. I hang out with them in their classrooms. I provide encouragement and redirection as needed. I pull them out of class for the occasional one-on-one counseling session to work on goals … Continue reading Dear Parents,

Show Your Work!

It was a command that I'm sure most of us heard when we were growing up. Educators teaching math love to say it as they assign homework or pass out quizzes and exams. I heard them say, "Show your work!" so many times that I imagined math teachers would shout their mantra from the rooftops. … Continue reading Show Your Work!