THREE TINY ROCKS

THREE TINY ROCKS

On June 13, 2017, in the midst of my hardest "life-moment" to date, I had a grand idea. And like most of my "grand ideas," I completely forgot about it. Let me explain: Chris and I had taken a shortcut (read: wrong turn) during our "leisurely hike" in the Alps, and we...

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WHEN YOU LOVE WHAT YOU DO, BUT NOT WHAT IT TAKES

WHEN YOU LOVE WHAT YOU DO, BUT NOT WHAT IT TAKES

From Kindergarten on, I knew precisely what I wanted to be when I grew up: A teacher.
I loved what I did, but I was beginning to hate what it took. I knew I needed to make a change, but with such a specific degree and no experience outside of education, I felt completely trapped.

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IT’S A TRICKY TIME TO BE A TEENAGER

IT’S A TRICKY TIME TO BE A TEENAGER

There’s a curious trend happening right now in high schools across our country. Perhaps I’m late to the game (I mean, I still listen to CDs, so this is likely), but I had NO IDEA about this particular “thing.” Let me explain: Last week, I’m sitting in a restaurant...

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A DAY IN THE LIFE

A DAY IN THE LIFE

Tonight, I set my keys in Harper’s carseat while strapping her in. Without thinking, I closed the door. Mere milliseconds pass before I realize that SHE is in control of the lock button, and I am on the WRONG end of this transaction. I lunge for the door, but homegirl...

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JUST WAIT

JUST WAIT

Ten years ago, I sat in my classroom after school and heard a girl crying in the hallway. It was one of those big cries. The heaving, snot-dripping Oprah cries. I knew those tears. I knew those sounds. Like a seasoned warrior, I hopped up from my desk and ran into the...

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GIVERS

GIVERS

Some people in life are Givers.  And yes, I capitalized it, because these are special people, and they deserve that big, round G.  They give of their time. Their money. Their resources. I am not one of those people. No, I am not a giver. Not even with a little “g.”...

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A PERFECT ENDING

  Sometimes in life, there are stories you just have to write down. Moments that need to be chronicled because they deserve a place in your life canon, even if you're the only person who will ever read it. This is one of those: Let me be frank:  The last week of...

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LIFE LESSONS

LIFE LESSONS

  Two days left. No, I haven't given up on my original 71 day challenge. I have many, many entries left to post. I am, however, waiting until the year is over to publish them. See, it's impossible to truly give you a glimpse into my classroom without sharing the daily...

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SAYING GOODBYE – A LETTER TO MY STUDENTS

SAYING GOODBYE – A LETTER TO MY STUDENTS

  My cherished students - Well, here we are. It’s hard to believe that our time together in the classroom is over. I’ve never been good with endings, and part of me wants to keep you in my classroom forever.  There are so many more things left for us to learn from one...

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TESTING, TESTING

Testing season is upon us. If you've been watching the news, you're well-aware of the Common Core backlash, particularly when it comes to the increasing amount of testing that our students will endure under these new mandates. It would take me many posts, over many...

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