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Good Enough Mother’s Day

At first glance on Facebook, there are lots of Happy Mother’s Day pictures this morning. Overdressed little ones lined up by the front of the house or family members smiling from the tables of fancier restaurants. Handmade cards, breakfast made by little hands, and coupons for promised hugs and kisses. But if you look closer, … Continue reading

Phases of a Teacher Vacation

So I sit here on Day 11 of my thirteen day vacation and I realize, I have hit the end of Phase Three. Teachers work hard and we start to look forward to winter vacation as parent/ teacher conferences wind down. We have finished assessments, report cards, and conferences and after all that, we are … Continue reading

Fall Update

Now that it’s October, I am beginning to settle into this school year. As always, I’m trying to figure out how to balance school, family & twice-exceptional advocacy and education. It’s clear that the more I speak to others, the more I need to educate and support 2e learners and those who have been put … Continue reading

Different Paths to Follow

Because my homeschooled son is entering eighth grade, his higher learning options have been on my mind lately. Homeschooling has been great for my family, but I have wondered if it might limit his educational choices in the future. With this in mind, I set out to read and educate myself. First, I needed information … Continue reading

My Younger Mama Self

I was older than most when I became a mama. I thought that all those years of watching others and teaching primary students would prepare me. It didn’t. Instead, I remember the early years as confusing. I didn’t understand why my son wasn’t progressing the way I had expected. His growing & changing was accelerated … Continue reading

Sunday Morning

While I sit here on a quiet Sunday morning drinking my coffee, my mind is buzzing. Sunday mornings are supposed to be free of that startling alarm, sweat pants, and couch time with my fur babies. This morning, all of this is true but I am simultaneously thinking about my busy time of year at … Continue reading

Update. I know it is about time!

Yes, I know. It has been too long since sharing my last post. I try to keep my promise and stay in touch, but before I know it, days quickly turn into weeks and those weeks add up to months Parenting an often moody tween with raging hormones and working full time in my classroom … Continue reading

Not Again

This week has been emotional. I have watched politicians give lip service to grieving parents. I have seen our so-called president propose that teachers should now carry guns. As if our job isn’t already overwhelming enough?! Will this be yet another reason why families choose homeschooling? Will this be another reason why smart people avoid … Continue reading

In Action

As a teacher, you think about your students beyond the 8-5 hours. I see a book or a video and it makes me think of one of my students. I have a first grade team that enjoys talking kids and learning over lunch or coffee. We didn’t choose this teacher life for the supposed summers … Continue reading

Boost is the Word!

So yesterday was amazing! I actually saw my book and held it with my own hands! My principal saw me during lunch and casually mentioned that she wanted me to sign her copy. I was visibly surprised. I hadn’t seen it yet.  I mean, of course I’ve read it. I’ve read it many times. I’ve … Continue reading