What the…

“What the hell is Neumannic Times?”

A blog for teachers, teaching, and anyone who gives a shiitake about education. Hi there. My name’s Ryan. Most people call me Neumann.

Monday through Friday, I willingly identify with the following stereotypes:

    • Teacher
    • Writer
    • Runner

Saturday through Sunday, there’s really no telling.

Here’s my deal:

I created Neumannic Times in 2009 as the absurdities of my teaching life became harder and harder to comprehend. Unable to process why teaching was making me even more socially inept than normal, I turned to writing as a way to reflect and digest the career that was consuming my life.

In 2011, I rifled through the ramblings of my rookie years, organized them in a choose-your-own-adventure sort of way, and pressed the “publish” button within Amazon’s self-publishing service, CreateSpace. Within days, my first book, titled What Had Happened: a work of friction appeared in the Amazon bookstore.

In 2013, What Had Happened: a work of friction was awarded the National Council of Teachers of English’s James N. Britton Award for the questions it raised about teaching and learning.

Fast forward to now.

I’ve spent the past six-ish years using this blog to reflect and share my thoughts, feelings, and reactions to life as a teacher. This past summer, it occurred to me that it might be time to see what else this blog can do. Or rather, it might be time to see what else I can do with this blog.

These days you’ll notice 4 major categories (top of this screen, below the banner) within Neumannic Times:

      • #Awkwords = awkword things my students say (purposely misspelled and devoted to the awkward things my students say)
      • Neu Times = mildly ridiculous teachery stories that further document my arrested development (written after What Had Happened was published)
      • The Art of Teaching = candid interviews with teachers young and old, jaded and idealistic, delving into the art of what they do, where they find inspiration, and the perspective that informs their inclination to look beyond what is and envision what could be, and why they’ve decided to stay (or leave) the teaching profession
      • What Had Happened Scholarship = Not too long ago, I decided to donate all future What Had Happened book sales to the creation of a scholarship fund that will one day pay for a student’s entire college tuition. Short story not so short, the following link details the specifics of what I’m doing: http://neumannictimes.com/what-had-happened-scholarship/

Since I began my teaching career, the expectations I’ve had for myself were always pretty simple:

      1. Work as hard as possible to make the classes I teach as awesome and engaging as possible.
      2. Do whatever I can to help my students be as successful as possible.
      3. Treat people the way I would like to be treated (nicely, with respect, and as equals).
      4. Positively affect, and effect, change into the world of education.

Although the position I now have (as an Online Content Specialist with the Cobb County Virtual Academy) is dramatically different from being in the classroom with students every day, I’ve discovered that my expectations are very much the same:

      1. Work as hard as possible to make the English courses offered by CVA as awesome and engaging as possible.
      2. Do whatever I can to help CVA’s English instructors and students be as successful as possible.
      3. Treat people the way I would like to be treated (nicely, with respect, and as equals).
      4. Positively affect, and effect, change into the world of education.

If you’d like to help pay for a student’s entire college tuition, or be interviewed for The Art of Teaching, or if you’re looking for a self-deprecating teacher to help your school or district be more awesome (maybe even through reflective inquiry), please feel free to contact me and I’ll respond enthusiastically (dfd).

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