First Day of School

I just wrapped up my first week of my 18th year of teaching.  It is kind of crazy because I keep waiting for my “burn out”, but here I am.  I can admit that I am in a state of dread for the days leading up to that first day, but it never fails...Once the … Continue reading First Day of School

Lessons from People with Abilities

I have been working with and for people with disabilities for decades. I have concluded that almost everything of value that I have learned in my life is credited to individuals with disabilities.  I can say without hesitation, I would be an incomplete person had I not chosen to devote my life to special education.  … Continue reading Lessons from People with Abilities

Remote Learning: A Glimpse at Student Dependency

Education was thrust into a form of learning that has never been done before as students took to their computers to access their virtual classrooms.  As a special educator for nearly two decades my first thought was, “Oh no! How will our students thrive without a lack of support?” Support looks different for each of … Continue reading Remote Learning: A Glimpse at Student Dependency

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

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…

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