A Thousand Words a Day

During the 2022-23 school year, I’m using my phone to take one photograph each day. The goal is to observe and attempt to hold still my school year through a camera lens. I hope to create a compilation of images that helps me make sense of the year in a new way. This blog is proof that words often fail me. Why not turn to another love of mine — photography?

Photographs are posted each week, organized by month. Captions are included and help tell the story.

September
No. 0 • Introduction
The origin story of the series.

No. 1 • September 6-9
The first week brings new beginnings and a revival of old traditions.

No. 2 • September 12-16
The real work begins (so do the selfies). Ninth period warms my heart.

No. 3 • September 19-23
The first notebook check of the year and a girl’s soccer match.

No. 4 • September 26-29
A short week. A random pose.

October
No. 5 • October 3 – 7
Some quiet time at a park and sidewalk math.

No. 6 • October 10- 14
Thank you cards and students using trig to “earn” their way into class.

No. 7 • October 17- 21
A student dons my blazer in the middle of class. Also: a boring PD.

No. 8 • October 24- 28, 31
A mysterious throat “virus” (non-Covid) comes over me. I’m also gifted a yummy tamale.

November
No. 9 • Nov 1-4
A headband and a time clock.

No. 10 • Nov 7-11
A tarp envelopes the facade of a nearby building.

No. 11 • Nov 14-18
I get nailed with paper balls. The token makes history.

No. 12 • Nov 21-25
Lots of sneakers.

No. 13 • Nov 28-30
An iPod Touch gets a new life in our classroom.

December
No. 14 • Dec 1-2

No. 15 • Dec 5-9

No. 16 • Dec 12-16
Who says chairs belong only on the floor?

No. 17 • Dec 19-23
Staff member of the month. An unauthorized selfie.

January
No. 18 • Jan 2-6
Jury duty, math affirmations.

No. 19 • Jan 9-13

No. 20 • Jan 16-20

No. 21 • Jan 23-27


No. 22 • Jan 30-31

February
No. 23 • Feb 1-3

No. 24 • Feb 6-10

No. 25 • Feb 13-17


Feb 20-24
No Classes – Midwinter Break

No. 26 • Jan 27-28

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