Becoming a Phone Free Classroom I have tried before, but each time failed. Partly due to my own inconsistency, and partly due to the fact that I didn’t believe it was that important I suppose. As the summer was coming to an end, the idea crossed my mind again. But with any good idea, I … More I Didn’t Think it was Possible
Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash Ten months ago I found a note in my daughter’s lunch box that she wrote. The note read, “Have a great day at school Rachel” love, Mom, Dad, Nathan, Luke and Prince. While this note is harmless, and even a note that almost any kid would love to have in a lunchbox, … More The Note in the Lunchbox
Summer is amazing! As a teacher and a mom, I love the opportunity to decompress and slowdown in order to enjoy a good book, a long run without time constraints, long days at the beach. The summer provides a chance for educators to have experiences, and tap into their passions so that the education they … More Present and Preparing for the Future
I remember running my 14th Marathon in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I finished, but it was one of my worst experiences running. There was nothing out of the ordinary that happened that day, and honestly, I cannot blame too many things on the race. I thought about quitting a few times. Even though I had run … More What if You Were Really Honest?
Confidence comes from doing the Tough Stuff. Ahhh, the moment when you reach in the jar, and pull out a freshly baked, chocolate chip cookie. The cookie jar is an iconic item that sits on the kitchen counter in several homes. Often times, kids cannot wait to be given the opportunity to be able … More Finding Confidence in the Cookie Jar
A look at What Actually Worked for Me Reading is one of those things that I go to the wall on. Growing up, reading was something I struggled with. As a teacher, I see how critical it is to overall success as a student. Today, one of the reasons my life is so incredibly rich … More 7 Ways to Get Kids Reading
Have you ever laughed so hard you cried? Can you remember the last time your eyes were soaked with tears because you were in a conversation that brought you so much joy? I am not sure I can remember what I was talking about each of these times, but what I can remember is how … More Space for Joy