The Monday after February vacation, we gathered in a teammate’s room for a curriculum meeting with our literacy specialist. She began by sharing a slide that read “Million Dollar Question: Are my efforts resulting in anything that matters?” I think everyone in the room probably had the same initial reaction…it doesn’t feel like it. Nonetheless,Continue reading “Small Wins”
Home is Pheasant Hill Lane A white house with blue shutters It’s the love inside that matters Mom, dad and their “space shuttle girl” A little brother to adore Land Before Time marathons and popcorn kernels jumping in the kitchen Glow-in-the-dark stars that wish me sweet dreams from my bedroom ceiling Home is Pheasant HillContinue reading “Home”
Rewind four months. School – my safe place. Math – a challenge. I float about the room. “You got it!” “Tell me about how. . .” “Let’s try this one again.” A persistent buzz on my wrist — one I’d usually ignore. Who keeps calling me? A glance. A skipped heartbeat. Quick steps to myContinue reading “The Phone Call”
There is a question that I use countless times a day. It is one that I use across all content areas. It is one that initiates inquiry. It is one that has helped me become a better listener. Most recently, it is a question that led me to notice a pattern in my students’ responsesContinue reading “Can You Help Me Understand. . .?”
I recently interrupted one of my dad’s complaint streaks to call him an Eeyore. It gave him pause and a good chuckle. Admittedly, I’m not much different. Sometimes, it takes me a tad too long to discover the positives. I have a teammate across the hall who is always able to find a rainbow. It’sContinue reading “Chasing Rainbows”
I pulled Jess Redman’s Quintessence from my bookshelf on Christmas Eve, and this book turned out to be everything my heart needed during winter break. It is a brilliantly crafted magical quest– one that reveals truths about anxiety and emphasizes the importance of friendship and self-discovery. Alma is an unforgettable character, and her Alma-ness mightContinue reading “Quintessence”
Tonight, I laughed. I laughed with my mouth wide open as heat reached my cheeks and my belly started to ache. I laughed in good company, and I noticed my laughter. It was particularly noticeable because I was captured on camera. I witnessed my own joy, and I wish I could have caught it inContinue reading “Laughter”
Over the weekend, I took a virtual flower arrangement class through Alice’s Table. Friday evening, beautiful blooms and a surprisingly small vase arrived in a box on my doorstep. There were hydrangeas, red roses, gunni eucalyptus, cedar branches, dusty miller leaves, and hypericum berries. Don’t let me fool you. I did not know all ofContinue reading “A Festive Reflection”
Sibling: noun. each of two or more children or offspring having one or both parents in common; a brother or sister. Michael was a childhood love. He was bright blue eyes and an infectious laugh. He was a gentle hug and plenty of mischief. Michael was a childhood love. He was a game of lavaContinue reading “Siblings Are Childhood Loves”
This week, in teaching about theme, a reader reminded me of a theme in my own life: “It can be hard to live in a constant state of pressure, but YOU are the one creating that pressure. It is okay to let go of your idea of what this should look like. Just give itContinue reading “Relationships Over Rigor”
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