Sunshine Award Response to Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry

I feel very honored to have been nominated by Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry to take part in this exercise. I have just recently become connected with Dea and in that short time have enjoyed her posts and feedback. My favorite post of hers is “Why I Teach…A Blog Motivated By A Tweet”. I have participated in this type of…

Heroes Don’t Always Wear Capes

Upstairs, with the door closed, a set of markers and a pad of paper. That is where my eight-year old daughter goes to find privacy. Privacy from her two-year old brother who can adore and infuriate her, all within a span of thirty seconds. Her privacy is always short-lived though, because he will search the entire house until he finds…

Building Trust and Relationships

In his book What Great Teachers Do Differently, Todd Whitaker writes, “If you don’t have great teachers, you don’t have a great school and nothing else is going to change that.” Furthermore, if we do not build relationships and trust with teachers, then we are limiting how great they can really be.  Trust and relationships are…

Great Day Organizer

I recently put in a proposal to present at a local conference. My topic deals with how to stay positive and reduce stress in the 21st century. I  created a graphic organizer that I plan on using regardless of whether or not my proposal is accepted. It can be filled out at different times of the…

He Thinks He Is Steering

Earlier today my family took a trip to the mall. Basically so we could see that life does exist outside of our iPads and our tv’s. My two-year old son is currently at the age where he wants to run everywhere, really fast. So we have learned that the best way to contain him is to…

The Refrigerator Light

He opened it. He closed it. He opened it. He closed it. He opened it. He closed it. What in the world was he doing? And then it hit me! My two-year old son was trying to figure out how and why the light in the refrigerator goes off and on. I am fairly certain…

The Pieces Were Everywhere

He just threw them everywhere and at first I didn’t know what to do. Yesterday was another amazing Christmas for my family. But, by the end of the day my two-year old son had had enough. He was overstimulated and over-sugared and he became a human cyclone. He went around the house and just started…

They Don’t Know What They Don’t Know

Imagine yourself at a tropical resort, on the beach, with the sun going down, surrounded by the people you love. How many of us have had that daydream or if not that daydream, something very similar? We are able to have daydreams such as these because we know what is out there, we know the…

Jim Cordery’s Challenge Accepted

I was excited to take on this challenge put to me by Jim Cordery. I realize it may take some time, but I have found the challenge, originally put out by Andrew Sharos to be fun and a great way to connect with fellow educators. Eleven Facts About Me You May Not Know 1. Jim,…

Put On Your Big Boots

“When you see someone putting on their Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.” A. A. Milne Winnie the Pooh For many of us, this is the time of year that we reflect on what we have accomplished thus far. We think about our mistakes and we begin…