I started blogging five years ago during a class I took at Michigan State University. Even though the topics were chosen for my classmates and me, the benefits of those blog posts prevail and are what keep me coming back to WordPress to post. Consolidation of Thoughts Teachers have so many thoughts going through their... Continue Reading →
Let's be real - no one goes into teaching for the money. There is so much passion teachers put into their students, students' families, and professional development as educators throughout the school year (and often into their vacation time). This past summer, I transferred my passion energy from teaching to all the technicalities and logistics... Continue Reading →
As I am currently in the midst of my job hunt, this topic is at the forefront of my mind. Every day I am either applying for jobs or writing cover letters or praying to Santa that I get a job at a great school with lovely people. Pretty much. There are a lot of... Continue Reading →
Maybe it's the change of seasons; maybe it's the fact an educator has a haul of ten weeks straight, without even a long weekend; maybe it's the realization that there is not a single month of a school year that is calm (even though we tell ourselves there is...every month); maybe it's the knowledge that... Continue Reading →
Katie Martin kicks off her book, Learner-Centered Innovation, connecting with educators about the real double life that students find themselves in today. She quotes Will Richardson's article that shares a student's perspective as they describe themselves and their peers as the 'lost generation.' I mean, really. Which classroom would you rather be in...as a student? Are we... Continue Reading →
My fifth-grade team and I realized after the first few math units that we have some VERY high students in math. Some come into our classrooms on day-one with mastery of the standards.
I made a mistake a few weeks ago at work. To me, this wasn't a small mistake; it was a BIG, giant, shameful mistake. While I won't share the details because they don't matter here, I would like to share what was gained. Immediately upon discovering my mistake during a planning period, I freaked out. My... Continue Reading →
When you're young, you think you know everything. Or, maybe that's just me. I started my teaching career confident that my college had prepared me for anything that could be thrown at me. I was 21-years-old and ready to teach! Ha! With each year that followed, I grew more humble. I continue to realize how... Continue Reading →