Saturday, January 23, 2010

15 minute break

Prior to becoming a teacher, I enjoyed the 15 minute break my former employers would give after four hours of work. After five years of writing on this blog, I need a 15 minute break. Blame it on the recession, or the birth of my second child in October. I haven't read as much from my blogroll or education sections from the major newspapers. No new books have caught my fancy. As a result, my ideas are dwindling and my desire is waning. So, The Daily Grind is going on break until April vacation (at least for now). I hope you'll come back to visit.

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At 9:53 PM , Blogger Polski3 said...

ReCharge ! And enjoy watching your young son grow ! I remember those days and nights......no diapers now, but "other" things to do for my boys, like drive them places they need to go.

 
At 6:33 PM , Blogger Mr. B-G said...

I hope the second half of your school year goes well. Glad you're taking time to breathe.

 
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At 4:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take the time to think about teaching. I think this school system may not be the best fit for you. I was an urban school teacher, but it took 15 years to develop the frustration and bitterness and vitriol you express after so few years. It's ok to not "fit" in an urban school. Your students need teachers who fit. It doesn't mean you have given up. Be realistic, what is best for you and your family?

 
At 5:24 PM , Blogger Mr. McNamar said...

Vitriol? Frustration, yes. Vitriol, no. Honest, yes. Bitter, no.

 
At 4:32 PM , Blogger Ricochet said...

Mr. McNamar - I want to "talk" with a Massachusetts HS math teacher. If you know one, could you direct them to my blog?

Hang in there, take a deep breath, play with the babies, and you'll get your grove back. You do good work with the blog. I know you do good work with the kids too!

 
At 4:48 AM , Blogger Mr. McNamar said...

Thanks Ricochet. Unfortunately, I don't know any MA Math teachers. But, I think Mr. B-G (see above comments) might be a MA English teacher.

 
At 10:20 AM , Anonymous Joe said...

Sorry to have taken so long to reply to this, Mr. M. I know how important it can be to take the pause that refreshes. I hope, though, that you will eventually find your way back here. You certainly know that we don't always agree (some of your Devil's Dictionary-type definitions certainly raised my hackles), but I recognize a fellow teacher when I read one. Keep trying to make it happen in your classroom and we'll still be here to hear about it when you get back.

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(P.S. NCTE has showed some interest in the book. We'll see what happens.)

 
At 5:12 PM , Blogger Mr. McNamar said...

Joe,
I hope to read that book when someone realizes its value. And I promise to return full of definitions which might raise your hackles!

 
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At 6:38 AM , Anonymous Business Educators said...

Of course everybody needs some time off. Hope you enjoyed your 15 minutes break and I'm glad to see you back!

 
At 10:11 PM , Anonymous Geri said...

If you're interested in some excellent reading about discipline, I highly recommend Ron Morrish's "With All Due Respect". http://www.amazon.com/All-Due-Respect-Effective-Discipline/dp/1583310614/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1271221573&sr=8-1

I read it near the end of my teaching career and it really had an impact on me and I became somewhat of a Ron Morrish 'missionary'. I was mentoring young teachers and encouraging all of them to read his books as well as my more experienced colleagues.

I am now in my third happy year of retirement and I don't miss a single thing about being in the classroom.

Keep fighting the good fight.

 
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