Being a teacher on a road trip

Today I am on a day trip to see a show in a city about three hours away from where I live. As I’m sitting here (not driving, mind you… I have no desire to become roadkill) I can’t help but think of teacher-y things I could do on a longer trip. Here is a list of what I’ve come up with:

1. Read (duh)
2. Reply to emails (smartphones FTW)
3. Journal about teaching
4. Come up with fun icebreakers for next year
5. Think of witty comebacks for common questions (Is this going to be graded? What are we doing today?)
6. Think of cross-curricular activities
7. Draw funny pictures for your colleagues
8. Play multiplayer smartphone games with colleagues (staff development)
9. Count the change in your car (to be used for school supplies)
10. Create and record rap songs that fit your curriculum
11. Count how many Cracker Barrels you see (seriously, that business must be doing great)
12. Write a short story about a teacher taking a road trip
13. Think of an assignment that involves the contents of a gas station (to give to students that go on road trips)
14. Make a wish list for your classroom
15. List all the things you dislike about students, then burn the list and sprinkle the ashes along the highway (I imagine it being very therapeutic)
16. Make a flip book of something funny that happens (to show your friends)
17. Listen to podcasts made by teachers with more free time than you
18. Make a list of things you would do with a million dollars (number one on my list is buy an alpaca farm…their wool is extraordinary)
19. Make a sign to put in the window that says ‘honk if you’re a teacher’
20. Annoy the driver (not school related, but very funny)


I have a unique perspective on teaching. As a young guy, I still have that “world is my oyster” perspective on life, so I am more than willing to try new things in the pursuit of happiness. I have always been a naturally happy person and don’t shy away from trying to make others see that it’s easy to be happy! Thus, the blog you’re reading. The main impetus for actually putting all the work in to getting this blog up and running? A coworker stopped me in the hall one day and actually reprimanded me for being so smiley all the time. They actually said that I shouldn’t be so happy as a teacher! My response? Screw that! I SHOULD be happy. I now smile at that coworker EVERY time I see them…and usually say something like, “Isn’t this such great day to be a teacher?!” They don’t usually smile back… Don’t be like them.

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