I recently wrote a piece about the trend of adults expressing desires that their high school math teachers should have taught them valuable life lessons. I tried to fix this and it turns out that now that you’re not in my classroom you actually want me to teach you something. Better late than never, I … Continue reading You Keep Saying Math Teachers Should Have Taught You These Things, continued
Okay. I get it. Math teachers failed you. I failed you. You’re now an adult and realizing that the quadratics are worthless. In my defense, it’s a fundamental cornerstone of mathematics and physics. But, here you are. Here we are. You keep posting on social media about how your math teachers never taught you about … Continue reading You Keep Saying Math Teachers Should Have Taught You These Things, Let’s Get it Over With
A couple of weeks ago a great friend and mentor of mine shared a New York Times article with me that introduced formal words to a familiar concept. Arrival fallacy is the notion that we delude ourselves into believing we’ll be happier once future goals have been accomplished. This is something that I felt in … Continue reading Arrival Fallacy Awareness
I’ve been thinking a lot about how someone is supposed to know when to jump ship. There are currently a lot of these questions floating around in my family and friend group. Relationships and careers are similar in this way. At some point you wake up two years into it and realize that something has … Continue reading Knowing when to Jump Ship
When I first started my pivot, I was so clueless as to my options for both types of jobs and ways to make it happen, that I found it difficult to make progress. I was hindered by my lack of exposure and, to the extent at which I can help, I want to make this … Continue reading Routes to Pivot – Hindered by what I knew was Possible
Money is a weird thing for me. I left the classroom in the fall of 2016 to work at a tech start-up. It’s been a long journey and I often feel scummy when dollars come up. I want to share this experience with others because I always felt limited by what I knew was possible. … Continue reading The Stigma of Teacher Pay: Coming to Terms with Naming Your Number
When I announced to my classrooms that I was leaving for a career in software sales, a few of the students were really perplexed. It honestly did make me feel like I was choosing to abandon my kids. I didn’t know how they’d react. In one of my sections a girl said “ughhh why are … Continue reading You’ve Been on Your Soapbox About the Importance of Teaching and Now You’re a Capitalist Pig: How to Come to Terms with this Change and How to Navigate Conversations with Friends and Family.
I’m going to tell you a true story about my first day in sales. My first day was on a Wednesday. As some of you might know, my career prior to sales was teaching high school math, and I left two weeks into the school year. This was not received well. The night before I … Continue reading Are You Selling Out by Getting into Sales?
It’s June. Graduation excitement is in the air. The students are excited for their summer and the teachers are asking themselves how to best utilize the few short weeks of freedom that is often over exaggerated by the masses. And for any teacher that has a renewal contract in hand, they are asking themselves, “If … Continue reading How to Get Out of Teaching and into Sales
I hopelessly subscribe to Audible. I let my monthly allotted credits store up without listening to any new audiobooks, then I do things like buy 100 hours of books about the Civil War and think of how cool I will be at dinner parties when I say something like, “So, your story just reminded me … Continue reading Why We Should Re-examine Our Approach to First Generation College Students