Book Smart Aleck

I have been teaching 8th grade for almost 11 whole years now. In this column, I share my thoughts on teaching itself, the 13-year-old semi-human lifeforms I work with, and public schools. I will probably tell some funny stories. I may occasionally get emotional. And you will get a behind-the-scenes look into my classroom. No, teachers do not get plugged into a charging port in the school basement each night after the kids leave. They do get to come home to their families, and sometimes they write about the adventures they have and the shenanigans they witness during their long, tiring days in the classroom.

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