Grins & Giggles

When I saw her walk in I quickly scanned the room for some age-appropriate toys that I hoped might have a shot at entertaining her for the hour or so she would have to wait. I didn’t see anything that even remotely resembled something that a three year old would want to play with. I…

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7 am

Why on Earth would anyone do a Google Hangout with students at 7 am? Well, before you begin jumping on my case about the fact that students need more sleep and that their optimal thinking times are later in the morning, let me explain.  First, know that the class I did the Google Hangout with…

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I Worry Less

I do this every time. I wake up three hours before school, but somehow spend the last fifteen minutes scrambling like a madman. Most days I am rushing to get dressed or make some semblance of a healthy lunch. But on this day I was already dressed and my lunch was all set. But where…

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Again!

I think if I had heard that word one more time I would have lost it! President Trump closed his inauguration speech with a barrage of agains like I have never heard before. Do I think that there are many things about this country that could improve? Of course! But that is not the message…

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Why Did He Leave The Room?

He just got up and left the room! Who does that?! In the middle of writing a sentence. Who does he think he is? Henry David Thoreau in need of an inspirational stroll. Let me rewind a bit. My son is in kindergarten and last week he and his classmates brought home Writing Journals. Every…

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Because I Love You

This happens every time! She cooks and then she leaves the kitchen and the surrounding area a mess. Then I have to be the bad guy and remind her to clean it up. I do like that she loves to cook and to be honest she is quite good at it. Well yesterday she made…

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The Achievement Gap

Three simple words that can silence a room almost as quickly as they are uttered. We all know it exists. We’ve known for quite some time now. But it’s not going away. In fact, it appears to be widening in many areas. And it’s not as if we aren’t giving it attention. We’ve thrown money…

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I Said Yes

  I can’t today. Sorry, I have a meeting. I wish I could. This is just a sampling of the responses I give students when they ask to eat lunch with me. I wish I didn’t have to. But the nature of my job is such that it is very rare that I have 20,…

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I Must Do The Same

In those days, we finally chose to walk like giants and hold the world in arms grown strong with love. And there be many things we forget in the days to come. But this will not be one of them. Brian Andreas If I hadn’t witnessed it with my own eyes, I am not sure…

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[Suhm-pin]

You become responsible forever for what you have tamed. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery I know it is coming soon. It’s simply the natural progression of things. But I am not looking forward to it. As of today, November 11, 2016, my five-year old son still pronounces the word something like this [ Suhm-pin…

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