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Beyond the Classroom: The Gift of Hindsight

Identity is a fascinating concept.  It shifts, alters, appears, disappears, much like the moon or sun or seasons.  Writing forces you to stare in the mirror at yourself, causing you … Continue reading

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January 8, 2016 · 3 Comments

The Factor of Time in Schools

I’ve been in a lot of schools lately. While my role may change from observer to advisor, consultant to instructor, one thing remains the same: The factor of time. See, … Continue reading

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February 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Being a First Year Teacher…Again.

As I clicked submit in the university system’s grading portal, after reviewing this list multiple times to check for errors, my first thought was: Grades are weird. My second thought … Continue reading

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December 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

People resign, but soul striking moments do not.

Let’s be clear. Classroom teaching exists in its own dimension. The quantity of information processing and emotion managing that occurs within a classroom teacher’s mind, heart and soul throughout the day … Continue reading

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July 1, 2014 · 3 Comments

Spread Some January Sunshine

Thank you, Tomasen Carey, mentor, friend, and fellow blogger, for nominating my blog for the Sunshine Award (even though my baby has made it tricky to write consistently over the last … Continue reading

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January 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

Happy Birthday, Soul Strikers OR A Timeline: Look How Far I’ve Come

Soul Strikers turned 2 a few weeks ago.  Had I not been in the whirlpool of returning to the classroom after dropping my baby and a chunk of my heart … Continue reading

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September 28, 2013 · 5 Comments

When Students Move On…

Do you ever think of the worlds you once knew but no longer exist? This concept has been a curious one to me for awhile.  In the fall of 1999, … Continue reading

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May 24, 2012 · 7 Comments

Into the darkness:10 Things to Keep Us in the Light!

December. Dark. Not that November doesn’t become progressively dark, but December contains the final descent, into the darkness of the Winter Solstice.  On a tired, post Thanksgiving Monday morning, my … Continue reading

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December 1, 2011 · 2 Comments

On keeping judgement OUT.

Participation in an unexpected Thursday evening event reminded me to open my eyes and ears at all times- to learn from people, to empathize, and to look for what every … Continue reading

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November 17, 2011 · Leave a comment

Process. It’s a process. Let’s all stop to process.

I know.  After two weeks, you are all probably thinking, she lost momentum- had nothing to say. In truth, I had so much to say, I could not even sift … Continue reading

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November 2, 2011 · 3 Comments

On the common desire for an intelligent, contributing society

Truly, we all want the same thing: A well balanced, educated community, with happy students ready to enter society as literate contributors. After the overflowing negativity in New Hampshire press … Continue reading

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October 19, 2011 · Leave a comment

Balanced…Part two: suddenly noticing my new “whirled”…

If someone were to do a piece on “A Day in the Life of a Teacher”, today would be an excellent one to find me, to represent the whirling thoughts, … Continue reading

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October 18, 2011 · 1 Comment

Part one…on finding balance among all things, crayons, even….

Lying on the carpet, shag probably, watching the large wooden-boxed t.v. while coloring is the earliest memory that came to mind when I thought about balance vs. overload today.  Engaging … Continue reading

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October 17, 2011 · 2 Comments

on revealing the women behind the curtain…

I apologize if anyone is getting annoyed with my continued need for Wizard of Oz references.  It’s just that I have experienced that movie on so many levels, at so … Continue reading

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September 16, 2011 · 1 Comment

On teaching intuitively…from the soul…

If you are an elementary school teacher, and it is the day of Open House, and the laminator and copy machine are both broken, you mostly likely want to stop … Continue reading

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September 16, 2011 · 3 Comments

On discovering purpose…on so many levels…

At 6:00 am on Sunday morning, I am surprisingly wide awake, getting myself off to pre-church service band rehearsal.  I love this kind of purpose so early in the morning, … Continue reading

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September 14, 2011 · 5 Comments

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