Tale of a Teacher’s Heart

There once was a young lady who could not wait to change the world.  She wanted more than anything to become a teacher.  Her dream came true, and she found herself in her very own classroom.   Excitedly, she poured every ounce of love into developing her craft.  The first years she stressed over the “big [...]

Fear

Awake & Accelerate

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 nothing more than a whisper. A subtle nudge in our minds, pushing us throughout our day without notice.  Fear is a diet of insecurity we put ourselves on thinking it will protect us from the hurt or pain of “not being enough.” 

Five years ago, I was boldly reminded of professional discomfort when I left my elementary school to teach in the depths of adolescent hell, also known as middle school.  This renewed discomfort was a catalyst for indecision and self-talk that was less than flattering. I began mentally spinning out of control, spending…

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Conquering Grading

Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, in the world of education grades are often the indicators of subjective merits.  Educators have no intention of misleading their students or families, but the slippery slope of grading can often have us handing over report cards drenched with ambiguity.  This ambiguity stems from our [...]

Letter to an Educator

Dear Educators, The fall is quickly approaching with one certainty remaining: This will be a school year unlike anyone of us has ever experienced.   Wherever you are emotionally with this upcoming year, take respite in the fact that you are a person first.  As we find our profession once again under scrutiny, challenged for our [...]

Tomorrow’s Lesson Plan: Teaching Students How to Master Fear

The reality that existed on the last day we saw our students in March has quickly become a far different reality than what we will be presented with in the fall.   Homes across the world are being infiltrated with uncertainty.  Job loss, anxiety over the health of loved ones, and the management of social [...]

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 [...]

Growing “Goodness”

A Teacher's Playbook for Parents You notice.  You feel the shift in today’s world.  We are at a social precipice. Hatred, division, narcissism, and greed are the weeds within the soil we have forgotten to tend.   These days there is a lot of attention about the food we feed our children.  Organic options are becoming [...]