There are some mornings you wake up and before you make it halfway to your trusty coffee pot, and you know you will not be able to attend life that day without a possible self-directed timeout. You look down at the t-shirt and sweatpants you wore to bed the night before...and you wonder what happened … Continue reading I Put Myself in Timeout.
For the past two years I have sent a weekly newsletter to parents. It usually details information regarding the upcoming week, goals we've set for class, student progress, and sometimes explanations of what we are reading and skills we are practicing. This week's newsletter had a section that focused on grades, setting academic goals as … Continue reading It’s More Than “Teaching Middle School”
I just returned from a 3-day field trip with 8th graders. Going through the dozens of pictures that were taken of smiles, friends, hugs, and silly faces, I stumbled upon this one. It's not zoomed in on any particular student; it's not taken standing in front of any of the historical sites we visited; it's … Continue reading 8th Grade Trips and Proof of Learning
If you were to come to my house, you would assume that I collect dog hair, dust, toys, blankets, junk food, fishing lures, wrestling workouts, hair ties, or maybe even those little plastic coverings that protect Capri Sun straws. Step into my classroom and my "collection" is different: papers to grade, books that have been … Continue reading What Do You Collect?
Self respect is crucial. It is at the center of what drives our choices. It is what sets us apart. It is, a lot of times, the characteristic that helps shape who we become and what kind of lives we lead. And as the parents of two girls in a society driven by Facebook, Instagram, … Continue reading Dear Parents, We’ve Got This
It's my best friend's birthday this week. She's my girl. My kindred spirit. I met her at a bonfire and didn't know that she was going to be part of my soul. I didn't know that she would be one of the most important people in my life. I didn't know yet that she would … Continue reading To My Best Friend
People that know me know that I wouldn't win a "Dress for Success" competition. The gene that gives humans the ability to match articles of clothing didn't make it into my DNA. It's surprising. Mostly because my momma always looked like she had just gotten a makeover. Her business-wear was crisp ya'll, and she had … Continue reading Dress for Happiness