ONE WORD: Checking In and Making a Confession

So... how has your ONE WORD been treating you? Been giving it any thought? Really. I want to know. Personally, I've been struggling a bit. But only because I've been thinking. Which is a good thing! Right? This past month has forced encouraged me to differentiate between ACTION (my ONE WORD) and 'busyness'. I've been rather…

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Why I Write

Why do I write? Well, for starters, it’s crucial for my job. I can’t imagine being an ELA (English/Language Arts) teacher and not being a writer any more than I can imagine being an ELA teacher and not being a reader. In my book (wink, wink), they go hand in hand. But there's more to it…

Today I Cried

Today I cried at school. Curious? Perhaps you're thinking I dealt with an irate parent. Or possibly an unruly student. Nope. Neither one of those. Please allow me to back up a bit, and explain. Many years ago, someone (and someone in the field of education, mind you) told me that those who are passionate about kids…