Parent Overload

Caution: You will not receive any apps, websites, virtual tours, or downloadable worksheets in the contents of this message.  Enough is enough already.  Parents have been inundated with websites, apps, worksheets, pictures of perfect schedules, and a variety of Pinterest mommy-perfect resources.  They have been given a boatload of options, yet are told to keep … Continue reading Parent Overload

I’m a Teacher not a “Homeschooler”

Confessions from a teacher who was never meant to homeschool her children… When schools across America shut down, non-educators were able to get a front row seat to the challenges involved with teaching kids.  As a special educator who has taught kindergarten through 8th grade, I thought I would easily slip into my role as … Continue reading I’m a Teacher not a “Homeschooler”

To whom it may concern,

A week ago I was consumed with worry.  I was worried about students getting their work completed on time.  I was worried about teachers not having what they need to do their best.  I was worried about numbers and spreadsheets. I was caught up with the illusive nature of time and how there was never … Continue reading To whom it may concern,

This is not what I signed up for…

Distraction: The Detriment to our Tomorrow Twenty years ago when I entered college as an aspiring educator, I had a host of things I knew to be true about the profession of teaching.  I expected to work hard, which would require a grueling work ethic that summer would not absolve. I knew I would have … Continue reading This is not what I signed up for…

Fear

Heart pounding.  Hands sweating. Mind racing.  For many of us, this is what we conjure up when we think of fear.  A freight train of emotion that warrants an immediate and obvious response.  However, the toxic residue that lies behind fear is not always the crushing presence of adrenaline.  In fact, most often it is … Continue reading Fear

Teacher Traps

I, no doubt, stupidly thought that teaching adorable children with special needs would be so gratifying that it would be easy!  I will save you all the suspense, but after teaching students with disabilities for over 15 years, I quickly ended up catching a clue.  Teaching was anything, but easy and the person making it … Continue reading Teacher Traps

Love and Limits

How to set limits while preserving loving relationships with students. Teaching is the kitchen of minds.  It is where the finest ingredients are mixed together to hopefully raise knowledge and grow character.  Sixteen years as an educator, specializing in working with students with behavioral needs has taught me that every recipe needs careful adjustments along … Continue reading Love and Limits