erin ahnfeldt

Listening to Life

Losing Control

Losing Control

Teachers—especially this one—like to have control. We have seating charts to control where students sit, lesson plans to control what they do, and disciplinary procedures to control how they behave.  Good classrooms are all about teacher control, and if they’re really...
The Healing I Didn’t Know I Needed

The Healing I Didn’t Know I Needed

Turns out, I’m a broken person. I’m one of those people, like so many of us, with wounds I don’t even know I have that fester beneath the surface.  Some of them are physical.  Who knows what tears in my ligaments or clogs in my arteries remain unresolved beneath my...
Trying to Not Get Eaten

Trying to Not Get Eaten

Ask any teacher what classes are hardest to teach, and most of them will grumble about the last one of the day.  Imagine trying to talk to 33 hormone-filled teenagers about the imagery in Of Mice and Men when an Xbox, a huge bowl of Frosted Flakes, or a solid nap are...