Category Archives: Teaching

Oh, I have a LOT of stories about teaching

New Year

It’s that time of year again where my social media feeds are cluttered with things like “How to Keep you New Years’ Resolutions!” and “5 Annoying Things People Do at the Gym” and “The 40 Most Divine Things Zac Efron did in 2013” (thanks Buzzfeed).

Of course, I always get myself caught up in these resolutions. I consider myself a fairly well-educated, level-headed human being, but it does make sense on one level to start new or to refocus on things.

For 2014, I’m going to do both:

Goal #1: Blog More

I researched self-publishing an ebook, but I found some obstacles, mainly I don’t have either time nor the attention span to write a book. Secondly, it looks kinda hard. So, that brings me to blogging, something I used to do fairly regularly about running. I love to write. I need to write. And, with any luck, this blog will focus on something at some point. So…one blog post per week.

Goal #2: Exercise More

The most cliche new year’s resolution, right? “I’m going to hit the gym and lose 20 pounds by spring!” Um, not really. I just need to be more consistent with my exercising. This oughta help:

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See, once I commit to something, I focus on it and train for it. More specifically, once I pay for somethingI focus on it and train for it.

So…yeah. Who knows what this blog will be about. I tell my students that your blog has to fill a niche. Has to be focused. Me? Not so much. These posts could be about teaching, parenting, exercising, or a combination of all of them. Like the blog says, “My Blog, My Rules.”



I told myself this summer that I was going to do three things:

  1. Read more
  2. Write more
  3. Run more

If I were honest with myself, I haven’t been doing either of these things very well. At best, it’s been hit and miss.

Obviously, this blog is hopefully going to satisfy #2 in my Summer To-Do List. Writing is something I enjoy.  Something I need to do. I’m not a rookie at blogging. I blog about what I know and what I love to do.  I have my own blog about running, and I am a contributor about My Beloved Huskers, and Teaching.  You would think that that would be enough.

You would be wrong.

What I’ve found is that there a lot of things that rattle around in my head that don’t fit into these specific venues.  While I love to write, I don’t think the authors at the teaching blog would see any use for me posting about my adventures as a Mr. Mom at our local pool.  Nor would it make sense to complain…er…vent about my job on the Husker blog.

That brings me to this blog.  This will be a catch-all blog.  If it’s about running, great.  Huskers?  Probably later on this fall.  Teaching?  More than likely. Everything else?  Most definitely?  Like the title of the blog implies:  This is my blog and these are my rules.

Truth be told, I’m also trying out this new-fangled Tumblr that all the kids with their ironic t-shirts and hipster glasses are raving about.  (Read that last sentence in an old-man voice.  It’s a lot funnier.)

Tumblr vs. Blogger….it’s on.

The Lead

Every good story starts with a solid lead, right?  Well, here’s one thing that you need to know about my writing:

I suck at writing a lead.

Actually, that’s not true.  I’m actually pretty good, but I can guarantee you it’s the last thing that I write.  And, since my background is in TV, sometimes I don’t even have to write a lead….I can just let the video and/or sound bite do it for me.  Who says TV reporters aren’t real journalists, huh?

Speaking of my background, I should probably introduce myself.  My name is Razz.  Well, it’s not actually Razz.  My parents didn’t hate me or anything.  I got that name a long time ago and I’ve answered to it ever since.  That’s how I’m referred to in my line of work.  I’m a high school journalism adviser who just finished his 8th year of teaching.  Previously, I was in the “real biz*” (a.k.a.-broadcast journalism) for about 14 years or so.

I should also mention that I’m  a proud father of a 6 year old and a 3 year old who, from here on out, will be referred to as Kid1 and Kid2.  Trust me, they’ll be involved in this blog more often than you think.

When I’m not teaching, I enjoy reading, playing golf, and running. In fact, I love running so much, I just wrapped up writing my running blog, Running Off at the Mind.  It was a lot of fun and I met a lot of great people, but I thought I’d try something new.  Besides, there were only so many things that I could write about on that subject.  A nod to my “Running Buddies” can be found off to the right in my blogroll.  Even if you’re not into running, they’re really funny and a good read.  Anywho, I thought I was over my blogging itch, but…well… we are.  There’s just something about writing that makes things more gooder.

Normally, you should start a blog with a certain focus.  A topic, if you will.  Well, as you’ll quickly learn…..I’m not normal.  I wholeheartedly plan to go off on a tangent about something and sometimes, I may even have a point!  Bonus for me AND you!

If you’ve come here for information, I can’t guarantee that.  If you’ve come here for a laugh, I can’t guarantee that either, but I’ll give it one helluva shot.  If you’ve come here thinking you’ve stumbled on some weird adults only site, I’m not going to guarantee anything NOR will I give it a shot.  Nope, just keep on browsing.

*because apparently teaching isn’t a “real biz”.  OK, then.