Acknowledging the Importance of the Journey

Last week I had a luncheon date with a good friend of mine at a local coffee shop. I always look forward to meeting up with her, as she knows just what to say to make me think deeply...and sometimes, differently. And last week, that is just what I needed. (It would have been really…

Everybody Needs a Pity Party from Time to Time

I'm not necessarily proud of this, but... I feel it's important to self disclose. I threw a "Pity Party". For myself. And it was a pretty big one. I'd apologize for not inviting you, but I don't think you would have enjoyed my company. (Plus, the party favors were nonexistent. No cake either.) It's been…

Teachers, Christians, Vegans, and Health Bloggers

Each fall, as my students embark on their first narrative writing piece of the year, I am reminded of the importance of (re)teaching the art of elaboration. My students will (fingers crossed) tell you that when narrative writers elaborate, they provide the reader with a more complete picture of who they are. For instance, my…

Just Me Rambling (Again)

August 30th. The date of my last post. My excuse? I'm a teacher and it's September. My motivation today? 113 on demand narrative writing pre-assessments. Now don't get me wrong. I actually enjoy correcting pre-assessments. Especially the narratives my students write at the beginning of the year. Not only do I get a snapshot of where they are…

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…