Blog: Conversations with kids

When children teach you about existentialism

Conversations with kids

Yesterday I watched one of my students put his pencil down, look up at the ceiling and say, “Why am I always about to fart?” In that moment, I under...

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Why didn’t I think of that?

Conversations with kids

Elementary student: Have you published a book? Me: No, but I’m trying to. ES: What is the title of your book? Me: Uhhh (not wanting to explain what linger...

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The sunflower monologue

Conversations with kids, Observations, Stories

Yesterday, after reading them David Sedaris’ “Think Differenter,” I had my students write fictional monologues about whatever they wanted̵...

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On playing the telephone game with elementary kids

Conversations with kids, Stories

When you work with elementary students, you quickly learn the best way to motivate them is with some kind of reward. Most of the time, when I’m feeling ge...

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Letting them down easy (the end of the Taylor Swift debacle)

Conversations with kids

After the events that transpired last week when I told my students I was dating Taylor Swift, I decided it was best to sit them down at the beginning of class a...

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My students know me too well

Conversations with kids, Observations, Things that my publicist says will build my "brand"

Scene–Apollo Middle School, classroom. Me: (taking off sweatshirt) Boy, it’s hot in here, today Student: No it isn’t. You just want to show us...

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This is why we can’t do funny things

Conversations with kids

From a school official, regarding my “relationship” with Taylor Swift  ...

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None of this is true

Conversations with kids

This afternoon, to class, I wore blue jeans, Bean boots, and the Patriots t-shirt pictured in my profile pic. Apparently this is out of dress code for Sylvan Pa...

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Taylor Swift loves Chuy’s, Betsy Johnson and me

Conversations with kids, Observations, Stories

I just spent the past hour convincing my second and third graders I’m dating Taylor Swift. 3rd grade Girl: Not uh…what’s her middle name, then...

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