Most days, teaching middle school is a pretty neat job. I get to be on the front line of education. I get to create lessons that not only educate and align with state mandated curriculum, but also that occasionally spark a 13 year-old’s curiosity (no easy feat, believe me). I’m rewarded with smiles, silly jokes, and […]
“Sweetie, I just wanted you to wake up and know how proud I am of you. You took a big step, a big risk, and it paid off with a new adventure! You are so awesome!” read the text that I sent my little girl last week. We live in different states, different time zones […]
Life has left her footprints on my forehead. But I have become a child again this morning. The smile, seen through leaves and flowers, is back to smooth away the wrinkles, as the rains wipe away footprints on the beach. Again a cycle of birth and death begins. I walk on thorns, but firmly, as […]
“Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Thank you to First Sip for reminding me of the importance of quiet, of solitude, and of listening to messages from the Universe.
Have you ever heard of Prezi? I hadn’t until I started searching for ways to bring my classroom into the 21st century. I’ve been teaching middle school for 25 years. I’m credentialed to teach K-9th grades, but somehow, I’ve stayed with the crazy, hormone-infused, physical awkwardness times of grades 7 and 8. And most days, […]