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May 19, 2017
Kelly Gardner

Random Thoughts

RT @ 5:15

And other thoughts throughout the day

Seeing as this is the first of (hopefully) many posts, I figure it might be a good idea to explain the title and purpose of this here web log (lol @ the fact I googled where the term “blog” actually came from #millennials amIright?).  RT, contrary to twitter lingo, for this blog stands for “Random thoughts.”  You see, I wake up every morning to go to the gym before school, and while walking from my apartment to the gym random thoughts pop into my mind.  Usually about teaching, coaching, or whatever headline I saw on the cover of the newspapers on the way to the gym and on the way back–special shout out to my neighbors who don’t wake up earlier than I do, ya’ll have a major impact on this blog!  As for the 5:15 part of the title, that’s when I wake up and start the walk to the gym in order to be there when it opens.  

It’s usually the walk to and from the gym where I get some of my best ideas for things, well maybe not “best,” but ideas nonetheless.  However the problem is, by the time I get in the shower I usually forget half of what I was thinking about, and the half that I do remember is usually just stuff like “I need to bring a change of clothes for practice after school,” or “I need to grade that last handout today” or “I left an empty can of seltzer in the living room, I better go clean that up before my wife-to-be finds it!”  So maybe, with this blog I might be more inclined to remember some of the better thoughts, no guarantees though.

That brings me to what I was thinking about this morning: unnecessary motivation.  This is going to sound kinda weird, but as a teacher, I cannot stand reading about other teachers’ methods of success.  You see, there are literally thousands of social media accounts, blogs, video logs and a plethora of other forms of communication directed by teachers about how they have seemingly done what no other could do.  This blog will not be that.  Nope.  Full disclosure.  Teaching has something few professions have: an endless supply of hilarity.  This will highlight some of the general thoughts about education, but mostly attempt at sharing some of the unbelievable amount of comedy that exists throughout the school day/week/month/year.  I’m not going to waste your time telling you about how much success I have teaching, that comes with the job description–no need to remind everyone about how rewarding this job is either, by and large no one cares.  If that is what you’re looking for though, I’ll be happy to list of some of the nonstop accounts to give you all the cliche teaching stories you could possibly want, just send me an email.

So to conclude this first post, let me leave you with one final thought I had while passing by the Rite Aid this morning: if even one person reads this post with the intention of reading another, I’ll take it as a win…and for that matter if even one of my students can get excited for their project on WWII I’ll take it as win.  Here’s to finding something funny for next week!


By Kyle McGowan, 7th & 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher