Finding the Joy

There’s hope friends. I found it today. I was teaching writing this morning first thing. I was blessed with this schedule. Get writing out of the way right away and then I can breathe. You all know my secret from last year that I really don’t like writing. It probably impacts my teaching of writing.…… Continue reading Finding the Joy


I LOVE a good bookI LOATHE when I finish it and want to know more I LOVE summer weatherI LOATHE ants, specifically when they are in my house, and I don’t know where they came from I LOVE my dog!!!I LOATHE doggy bath time I LOVE being a motherI LOATHE making decisions about dinner every…… Continue reading LOVE and LOATHE

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You are my colleagues and friends, but you have been so much more than that for me. You have MADE my career what it is. Nothing. Else. Is. Possible. It has been the rubbing against you, the disagreeing in our safe space, the learning that comes from listening to what you say, …trying it myself,…… Continue reading staff

Hip Hip Hooray

Hip Hip HoorayIt was a mismatched dress silly spirit dayColorful clothes, stripes, socks, a wolf hat, and goggles wore proudlyHomeroom was filled with giggles, oohs and awes, for sure unsoundlyA Room 212 selfie was taken to capture this 3rd of May Hip Hip HoorayState testing is officially over todayNow it’s time to learn tricks of…… Continue reading Hip Hip Hooray

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Words have power.

Words have powerWords of wisdom shared from our guest slicer this weekThey can leave a lasting impactWriting has played a huge role in my own lifeWriting isn’t just a subject in school, it’s something that you will use in life I love slicing with my studentsSlicing is personalIt’s not for a gradeThere are no rights…… Continue reading Words have power.

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Eschew. Sycophant. Accismus. Heterochromia Do you ever hear interesting words and want to use them? Occasionally, I come across a book by a gifted writer whose words seem to float off the page and fly straight to my brain. Reading becomes effortless. It feels like a magical event! When finding an author who writes like…… Continue reading silver-tongued


Eager to work, to learn, and to do, kids look for fun, all the day through. Eager to work, to learn, to be ready, ‘We’ know the timid, the brash and the”heady”. Eager to comfort, to nurture and steel, Moms want support as they make the next meal. Eager to save, to love and protect,…… Continue reading reason

6:00 am

6:00 amMy alarm goes offIzzy* jumps on top of meHey mom! 6:00 amI sigh to myselfShould I hit the snooze button?Hey mom! 6:00 amTime to start my dayI hear birds chirping outside my window–even though it’s still darkHey mom! 6:00 amI want to hit snoozeAnd go back to bedBut Izzy continues to stand on top…… Continue reading 6:00 am

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My brain feels like mush

My brain feels like mushAdulting is hardSunshine is good for the soulLeaving your kids on cliffhangers during read aloud is funThe principal was our guest slicer todayI no longer have to eat in the closetHierarchies can be trickyHelping students manage their impulsivity has been exhaustingI miss my teaching partnerJuggling all the things can be trickyKids…… Continue reading My brain feels like mush

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ya gotta teach em how to learn, tic, tic, tic, tic, How to learn, how to learn, HOW do you learn? shah, shaaaah.. When somebody talks can you *-STOP-*? Can you stop, get quiet and think? Cha——chaah Make your body rea- -lly—- quiet and think. What- do you hear when you listen? listen? listen? listen?…… Continue reading learn