My name is Steve Peterson. I teach 5th grade in a small town in rural Iowa. I came to teaching rather late in life; I started teaching when I was in my early 40s. Before teaching public school I worked as a crisis interventionist for kids with severe behavior disabilities in a public school; as a tutor on a couple Native American reservations; as a part-time writing, history, and government teacher at the college and community college level; as a labor union organizer; in various stints as a janitor and factory worker; and as a cook in a couple different restaurants.
I graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College and Clarke College (B.As, biology and, later, elementary ed.), and the University of Northern Iowa (M.A. in Literacy Education). I never graduated the Ph.D. program in American history at the University of MN, but I got a long ways into it before the lure of teaching and making pottery (and my inability to focus) pried me loose from that life some time ago.
Contact: steve.sleepingdog at gmail dot com
Inside the dog…
The blog’s name comes from a quote attributed to the great Groucho Marx: “Outside a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside a dog, it’s too dark to read.”
On a surface level, I like the quote because I like dogs, books, and ideas. I also like surprise and word play. Groucho makes me chuckle.
On a deeper level, sometimes life “inside the dog” of a classroom, with its hustle and bustle, DOES make it too hard to think. I’m hoping this blog will be like a reading lamp for me, and maybe for you.