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Yes, Teachers Wear Ties

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Yesterday I went to see a new doctor about a stress fracture I got while training for the Go! St. Louis Half Marathon.  I am proud to say that while my time wasn't record breaking by any means, I accomplished a goal that I had set for myself several years ago, to run a half marathon before turning 30.  This doctor wanted to get another x-ray of my leg, so I followed the technician down a long hallway to the x-ray room.  While we walked, well, she walked and I crutched, the technician made small talk.  As we were entering the x-ray room, she complimented me on my watch, noticed my shirt and tie, and said, "you must work in business, huh."  It was more of a statement than a question.  She was more than a little surprised to learn that I am actually not a businessman or investment banker but a high school English teacher.

After seeing the surprise on the technician's face I felt the need to explain why I dress the way I do for my job as a high school English teacher.  …

My "10 Picture Tour"

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Cale Birk, @birklearns recently posted a blog titled "My 10 Picture Tour" in which he encouraged members of his PLN take 10 pictures of their school to help others get a good idea of what their school situation is like.

Enjoy the view of Seckman High School!


This is my workspace, complete with a second-hand chair from my sister-in-law, never-ending clutter, my morning juice (just because I skipped the Sugar Free Red Bull today), and pictures from students.


This is the main hallway that lead to the academic wings from our lobby.  In between classes it is filled with about 1,850 students.  This is where I do my daily duty.  

One of the walls of our lobby.  The shoes represent student donations to the JDRF.  Every morning students are reminded to roar down the Jaguar PATH.

Students at Seckman begin their days in the cafeteria, waiting for the first bell to release them into the hallways.  Our cafeteria is decorated with banners donated by graduating classes and our character wo…