This Is What A School Lock Down Feels Like, Part Two

This Is What A School Lock Down Feels Like, Part Two

One hour later… A new email vibrated my phone. “The police are checking the campus. They will come to your room. You must open the door.” Are you kidding me? Open the door to what? The curtain is enough of a false sense of security – I don’t want to open anything. We’re safe here, […]

This Is What A School Lock Down Feels Like, Part One

This Is What A School Lock Down Feels Like, Part One

As I sat huddled on the floor of my classroom on a sticky hot Friday afternoon, I couldn’t believe how quiet 34 12 and 13-year-olds could be. I knew it was broad daylight, but with my heavy curtains pulled and the lights off, I couldn’t see any of their faces. I imagined what they looked […]

3 Awesome Reasons To Have A Selfie Free Summer

3 Awesome Reasons To Have A Selfie Free Summer

It was a perfect blue sky day. We hit the road early (by teenage terms), and just about 90 minutes later found us in Pt. Reyes, California, ready for adventure. It had taken some cajoling to get both of them to agree to go hiking with me; these days, getting both kids alone, together, is […]

It’s The Last Day of School – So Why Aren’t My Students Leaving?

It’s The Last Day of School – So Why Aren’t My Students Leaving?

It’s always a minimum day schedule on the last day of school, making it super hard to get anything done (yes, they want us to teach up until the last bell), as well as to have a moment to breathe, to be present, to process what is going on. The last day of school is […]

Parents, Do You Lead By Example? Ford’s Driving Skills For Life Program

Parents, Do You Lead By Example? Ford’s Driving Skills For Life Program

How many of us parents lead by example? I mean, completely. Honestly. All the time? Think back to when your kids were toddlers. Everything we did we wanted them to mimic – the words we said, the foods we ate, and the funny ways they saw us dance or jump of sing along to Dora […]