Education Category

On the cusp of another school year

Only a couple of weeks separate me from the beginning of preplanning week, the week prior to the first day of school when teachers return. Usually around this time of the year, I am ready to return to the breakneck pace of full-time elementary school teaching. This year, however, I am anxious. The difference is […]

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The Best Model

Recently, I read an article on the Farnam Street blog, “Mental Model: Hanlon’s Razor,” that presented a way of orienting ourselves to others. Hanlon’s Razor is a mental model: Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by neglect. I immediately thought of my 4th graders. They needed this quote. Developmentally, they are […]

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My students need your help!

Please consider giving to my Donors Choose project. Little by little becomes a lot… This project will fund 6 devices which will enhance my instruction. We have a bring your own device program at my school, but many students don’t have devices other than cell phones. Please click on the link to get more information. […]

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Everything in one Equation

When I landed my first teaching job, I was excited beyond words. I become consumed when I am passionate about something, soaking up everything about the object of my passion.  On one particular evening, I was reading the employee calendar when something caught my eye. In the bottom left corner of each calendar block were […]

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You are the memory

One of my former students contacted me on Saturday via Messenger. He sent me a pic of a card I gave him for Christmas 3 years ago. I’m floored that he kept it.  As he chirped on and on about his life, I grinned and reminisced. I remembered his obligatory hugs and requests to teach […]

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Ready for School

  One more day and my enchanted Holiday break will be ended. I’ve enjoyed these two weeks off. Lord knows I needed it! Considering that I don’t get breaks at school-Yes, I eat lunch with my kids-and the generally difficult job of shaping young minds, I needed some rejuvenation.  But I’m ready to return. Yesterday morning, […]

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Disenchanted Melody

I am a teacher who has become infected with an increasing sense of disenchantment. Each of my 3 years as a homeroom has been wrought with struggle. By this 4th year, I am beat down, which is so unlike me, always up for a challenge. I am in a constant state of self-encouragement to get me […]

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A Joyful Heart

Reluctant obedience or sheer willpower will never last the distance. Only a joyful heart can walk the long and difficult road.   from Dare to Journey with Henri Nouwen by Charles Ringa The above quotation is the last two sentences of a devotional I read this week. It pierced my heart, opening it up to […]

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Sisyphus Must Die

Imagine your back yard is filled with various colored buttons, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. One of your tasks is to sort the buttons by color back into plastic bags and line them in your yard in equal rows and columns. There are 490,000 buttons. You have 5 days to do this. […]

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Site change…maybe…

I’m mulling over whether or not I should change this to my teacher website. Hmm… I can migrate some of the content to my other site and overhaul this one. 

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