HP Poster

Quote of the day-

Me: “Winner gets candy!”

Student (completely matter-of-fact): “How about a Harry Potter poster.”

They make me laugh a lot. I can’t imagine what it would be like not to be surrounded by kids all day. 

In other news, if I don’t replenish my stock of Harry Potter posters that my dear friend gave me, I am a dead woman. 


Last night was pretty low. It’s been a long, hard semester. I’ve been on lots of medicine and haven’t quite been myself. This class of students has a well earned reputation. I don’t feel like I’ve connected with the students as much as normal. I don’t feel like the students have learned as much as normal. I have objective measures to back those feelings up. I don’t feel like I’m making a difference.

So, today, I’m making myself find good things.

  • My juniors are delightful people, and I should get another year with them next year.
  • I finally wrote a precal final where the class average was about where it’s been all year, instead of 20 points lower. It’s also a reasonable test, not too easy and not too hard.
  • I have wonderful colleagues who pick up the slack when I’m down or out and who care about me.

I may not have made progress on curriculum or teaching methods or connecting to students this year, but…

  • my classroom is well organized for the first time ever. Students needed radian protractors for this morning’s exam, and I had a pile of them ready and knew just where to find them.
  • I’m much more on top of the rules this year. I’ve called kids out for flouting the rules and for bad behavior, which I used to let slide.
  • I’ve caught kids when they cheated.
  • I’ve taught kids more about social skills than normal. We’ve talked about not being “that guy,” about why you shouldn’t be intentionally obnoxious, about how you don’t get to decide when someone else’s feelings are hurt.
  • I’ve been able to model apologies this year.

That’ll do for starters.


One of our sixth hour Intermediate girls asked if she could work a problem on the board today. Like we’d ever say no to that question. 

Usually, though, when kids work problems on the board, they do that and only that. No explaining; no talking through steps. 

But this girl was an absolute natural up at the board. “Ok, what’s next?” “What do you mean, ‘Divide by 3’? Divide what by 3?” 


Seriously. I wanted to cry. But there was a classroom full of kids. 

Oh and the kids! They were so sweet. They were answering her sassy questions as if she were their actual teacher. 

I just wish I had the whole thing on video so I could watch it whenever I wanted. 

A brighter day 

When I got to my room this morning, these lovely gifts were waiting for me from my Secret Pal:

Dear Friend–

This could not have come at a better time. I needed a little pick-me-up today. I inhaled the chocolate (ORANGE CHOCOLATE) in about 0.2 seconds (don’t tell my mom), and the ornament is just exactly my style. It’s  hanging proudly on the front of our tree. 


Sometimes it takes a little effort and thought and planning to brighten someone’s day. 

I need to make that effort more. ❤️✨


We did it!! Our boys brought home the gold ball tonight! I’m too tired to write anything extraordinary, but I am so proud of our football team, our band, our spirit teams, and our students. They represented us well. 

I love this community we stumbled into in 2011…which was the last time we won the state title, by the way. 



Our football team plays in the state championship game tomorrow. 

Tomorrow I will be herding cats all day. 

And I’m so excited and so ready. 

I love seeing our school come together to cheer each other on–whether that be in the classroom, on the field, or on the stage. I love this place. 

Take state, Union!

Hello Again

This morning I forgot something and had to go home-which means I was about 5 minutes late to first hour. As soon as I walked in, the class clapped- literally clapped-and cheered, “Ms. Miller!” I think it was more to do with the sub that was waiting for me than anything but I’ve never been cheered on for entering my room. It was a nice feeling!

In trig, we are doing reference triangles and students have noticed several patterns on their own. Today a student asked a question and another student answered it before I could say anything and got up to go to her desk and show her an explanation.

Yesterday in trig, students helped me figure out how to make the lesson on reference angles easier for next year since it was a struggle for them this year.

I texted a student Happy Birthday this morning and she came and gave me a hug and thanked me for the text.

I made a comment today imitating an adult/parent to a child and they laughed and said “When Ms. Miller really acts our age,” and I said “When Ms. Miller is literally double your age.” Another student was shocked to think that I am 30- he thought I was “fresh out of college” even though I pointed out that I’ve been the high school math teacher since he was in elementary. I have this conversation every year and it still makes me laugh. Let’s just hope the confusion about my age is based on looks and not behavior!