I Think I’m Finally Growing Up—Maybe Not

© 2018—Robert Chapman/Chapmanesque.com There was a time when a steak dinner at a really nice restaurant was affordable. Don’t get me wrong, I’m arrogantly in my 30s, so I’m more than able to afford a steak dinner at a nice restaurant; it’s a far cry from me ten years ago when I was absolutely not able to afford any kind of dinner at any kind of … Continue reading I Think I’m Finally Growing Up—Maybe Not

Moving Out, Moving In & Moving On Up: Possibly Some Accurate Advice on Adulting.

Photo borrowed from William M. Hamilton’s 2014 POST. As a teacher, the month of July brings mixed feelings. I’m wrapping up summer break, about to dive face-first into registration, lesson plans, testing, football, pep rallies and accountability systems. But that is the life of a high school writing teacher. As said high school writing teacher, I have to get back into that “waking up” routine. I’ve … Continue reading Moving Out, Moving In & Moving On Up: Possibly Some Accurate Advice on Adulting.

A Love No Greater

Friday night under the lights is a phrase that rolls off the tongue—or the fingers, I guess—a phrase that encapsulates everything there is to know about high school football. It’s the culmination of an academic week interrupted by a pep-rally and school spirit. It’s the manifestation of film sessions, extended practices and walk-throughs. It’s where former players and alumni get to relive their high school days … Continue reading A Love No Greater

We Really Do Take it All for Granted—And I’m Okay with That

Well, hello there. It’s been a while, but I thought I’d drop in again to say hello. I’ve been awfully busy these past few months, finishing a Master’s degree, revamping our live streaming capabilities at the high school, creating a journalism curriculum (if you can call it that), and living out my version of being an SID for a pretty good high school athletic department. … Continue reading We Really Do Take it All for Granted—And I’m Okay with That

To the Class of 2016

If you ask any teacher worth his or her salt, they’re going to tell you that every student is special. There is a special place in the heart of every teacher for their students.But once you get past the generic mushy mess, the sentimentality varies in degree from one class to another, from one student to another. That being said, I’m pretty partial to the … Continue reading To the Class of 2016

MC’s Haworth Makes me Want to be Better

–DISCLAIMER: When my Journalism class starts (one day), I’ll make them “blog” about the experience of preparing an article. This is one of those blog posts.– I’m not talented at many things. I always say my only real talent is growing a beard—and that’s credited to hairy jeans and laziness. Clay Norton, our AD, says I’m knowledgable about all things, master of nothing. I’ll take it. … Continue reading MC’s Haworth Makes me Want to be Better

The Messy Life is The Good Life

Have you ever heard of the word ideal? Of course you have. But have you ever thought about what it means? Scholars across the world (and salesmen, for that matter) have tried to define what ideal is. Is it perfect? Is it attainable? Is it even real? Can human beings even understand the ideal? Everyone from Socrates to Aristotle to Plato to Immanuel Kant to Kanye West to Billy Mays … Continue reading The Messy Life is The Good Life

The Perks of Being an Early Bloomer

We’ve been discussing the Postmodern idea in one of my classes that there are no new stories around. Everything is a re-utterance of the past. It’s the idea that history repeats itself (or as my wife would correct me, “trends in history” repeat themselves). Creation, death, dragons, unicorns, Thor—all archetypes from around the world throughout history. In our efforts to clean out and pack up … Continue reading The Perks of Being an Early Bloomer

Looking Forward by Looking Behind

I’d say it’s been a while, but that’s just repeating some things. Driver? Stop Here, Please One of the perks of being an academic teacher who is licensed to drive a bus is that I’m occasionally asked to drive on field trips. Not all field trips are equal, and some are complete wastes of time, but this one was a good’ne. Our AP English teacher … Continue reading Looking Forward by Looking Behind

Chapman: Party of a Million

Lord, where have I been this past week? It’s almost been a week since I’ve posted anything. Defeats the purpose of having my own site (notice how I’m avoiding calling this a blog when that’s what it is…) if I don’t post anything. So, what’s been occupying my time? Class. I’m back at it, trying to finish my MA. I’ve taken a brief hiatus from … Continue reading Chapman: Party of a Million