A Little Hindsight on this December Morning

As a teacher, there were more times than I care to admit that I felt I wasn't enough.  There were times I felt I wasn't making a difference.There were times I questioned why I was even teaching.There were times I just felt less than.You know—not as good as. Like I should be doing more. Like I should be…

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To Teach, or Not to Teach?

You know those people who have ALWAYS known they wanted to be a teacher? Yeah...well...I'm not one of them. Oh, I'm not saying I didn't do my fair share of playing school when I was younger. My dolls Lolly, Pixie, and Annabelle frequently joined my stuffed teddy bear Teddy, and sock monkey Charlie, behind shoe…

I Wasn’t the Fun Parent and I’m Not the Fun Teacher

What. A. Week. Friday was a long time coming. There were moments (several of them, actually) when I seriously wondered if I was going to make it to the weekend. The week started out well. My Monday and Tuesday were the kind of days teachers dream about. My 6th graders were creating blogs and begging…

A Different Mindset (And a recipe involving chocolate and peanut butter!)

Last spring, at the ripe old age of 48, I experienced a "first". I ran the Green Bay Marathon as part of a relay team. I hadn't been part of the marathon environment since September 2014. (You can read about that experience here. It wasn't pretty. Actually, it was pretty ugly. I only wrote about it because I teach ELA…

The Top Ten Things I Learned (or was reminded of) from Being a Student Again

Here are my “aha” moments from my time spent as a student last month. During class, I would actually catch myself thinking, “Oh my gosh…." (then blah, blah,blah…whatever huge revelation I happened to make at the time). So now, without further ado, here it is. I am now going to impart my wisdom upon you.…