Hello, friends!

Welcome to the Pondering Education site – home of The Pondering Education Podcast and featuring blog posts written by educators from around the country.

Let me tell you a little bit about myself…

About Me

I’m currently in the middle of my 8th year as an English Language Arts teacher in Milford, Massachusetts.  I’m presently working with 8th graders in hopes of getting them academically and socially prepared for the challenges that await them in high school. In addition to fulfilling my role as a classroom teacher, I serve as the Curriculum Team Leader for the ELA/Reading Department, serve as an advisor to the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance, and I’m currently working to earn my Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of New England.

On a personal note, I live in Milford with my wife and two young children.  I absolutely love living in the same area as my students as it’s helped forge tremendous relationships with families all across town. In my spare time, you’ll find me taking in a concert from bands such as Phish, Dead and Company, Dave Matthews Band, and Pearl Jam. 

My goal with this podcast as well as with the featured blog posts found on ponderingeducation.com is two-fold. I want to use this platform to not only help remind us all why we entered into the field of education, but to help pass along best practices from experts all around the country as well.

What you won’t find here is overly negative commentary. While constructive criticism is both helpful and necessary at times, we all know that this job isn’t an easy one. The last thing you need is to be reminded of the multitude of those roadblocks we encounter throughout a given school year. Instead, let’s accentuate the positive! Let’s work collaboratively to strengthen that intrinsic motivation that exists within all of us.

Social Media

Twitter: @pondereducation (official podcast) and @McHaleELA (classroom account)

Instagram: @pondereducation (official podcast) and @mchale_teacher (classroom account)

Facebook: @ponderingeducation

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Thanks for joining us on this journey!

Best,

Ryan