The TED Talk That We Should All See

I like to listen to TED talks while I make & eat breakfast (it's summer...). It's one of the only times of day that my littles are quietly occupied and I can actually hear myself think. This morning, I saw "My Son was a Columbine shooter. This is my story."  pop up on my feed. I... Continue Reading →

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Shootings Are Not (just) a School Problem

A thought occurred to me tonight as I was driving home listening to one station describe the situation in Santa Fe, TX and another completely ignore it (which I think says something in itself...). Is the fact that these shootings often happen in public schools holding us back from any real progress? Teachers around the... Continue Reading →

I Refuse to Be An Armed Teacher

I have been getting asked more and more whether or not I, as a teacher, would be willing to have a gun (either on me or locked in my classroom) in case of a shooting at school. But this has gone beyond people here and there asking what I think. Recently several politicians (you know... Continue Reading →

What Do Teachers Really Want?

Tonight I'm stepping out of my usual audience box (teachers) and writing for parents. I realize there probably aren't many non-teacher parents checking my blog, so if you could pass this along that'd be super. =) It's that time of year: gift giving season. The gift buying seems to start earlier and earlier each year,... Continue Reading →

Velcro Vocab Folder Puzzle Thingies!

Last summer, my (then) 3 year old went to nature camp at our local forest preserve. As a warm up activity, they had the kids match pieces of butterfly pictures that were velcroed to a manila folder. Brilliant! Though I thought my high schoolers might appreciate the simplicity of butterfly pictures (and maybe they'd actually... Continue Reading →

School Appropriate Vandalism

Smart boards and white boards and whiteboard paint, oh my! I don’t have any of those things. I (and I’m assuming a lot of other teachers reading this) still have a chalkboard in my room. It’s green and it’s dusty and it makes horrible noises if you move the chalk in just the wrong way.... Continue Reading →

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