Category Archives: Teaching

The Reasons We Teach

My classroom is ready. I’m not. The laundry list swirls. I didn’t organize my files as planned. My summer reading list is still the list I started with. Those closet shelves never got installed. The fence wasn’t built. My summer … Continue reading

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Lessons My Students Teach

It was a few days ago. The question had been floating in and out of my thoughts, never really landing. When my thinker was all thought out, I did the only thing I could. I messaged a former student. Nestled … Continue reading

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Communicating With Your Child’s Teacher

Do you ever wonder how to approach your child’s teacher? You have questions. Maybe it’s curriculum. Maybe it’s grades. Maybe you feel your child has been treated unjustly. Maybe you wish to encourage. I’m a teacher. I’m a momma too. … Continue reading

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When I Remember the Important

My Court Jester sits close with a tablet in hand watching some new version of Frosty, which is fine by me since the original always kinda freaked me out. Or was it Rudolph? The Princess is dancing her tippy toes … Continue reading

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The Only Reason I Keep Teaching

There was a time being a teacher was so far down on my list of possible careers I would have laughed had I known what the next 15 years of my life were to look like. And then I would … Continue reading

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How to Love on Our Schools

The bell is poised to ring. The teacher breathes deep. Pencils sharpened to a perfect point and stacks of brilliant colored paper arranged in neat bins. Bulletin boards fresh and bottles of glue in tight little rows. Everything in just … Continue reading

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Lessons for the First Year Teacher

Dear New Teacher and Nervous Soul, I know how you feel. Those butterflies turned evil in your stomach, tying knots? I’ve had them. Wondering if you’ve made the right decision. If you’re ready to face the responsibility. If you’ve got … Continue reading

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Two Things That Really Matter in Education

It’s that time of year. School awards. Graduations. Promotions. Recognizing the achievements and intelligence of our nation’s children. Proud parents beam coaxing smiles from their children for pictures and social media posts. I’ve been one of them. My girl’s fourth … Continue reading

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The Test Does Not Define You

So. Tomorrow you will take a test. Bubbling in A or B and sometimes E. Writing essays until your fingers cramp. It will be the test. The one we’ve prepared for by reading and writing and thinking and straining. And … Continue reading

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Why Thank You Means so Much

The day started simple enough. The normal, drag-myself-out-of-bed-before-the-sun-knows-how-to-rise kind of morning. After getting dressed, I sauntered into the kitchen believing time was all mine. Until I looked at the blue-green, numbered glow from the microwave. Not only was I late. … Continue reading

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