June 11, 2020

“When things are shaky and nothing is working, we might realize that we are on the verge of something.” - Pema Chodron

My favorite genre in which to read and write is memoir, but I wasn’t always a reader. In fact, one of my earliest school memories in regards to reading was fairly scarring. It was the tradition in my childhood first grade classroom (my teacher, she-who-shall-not-be-named) for stude...

May 7, 2019

I am constantly amazed by how people view middle schoolers. When I meet people and it comes up that I am a teacher, the response often starts with an Awww, that must be a challenging job, and then turns to a dramatic “Why on earth would you want to...?”  when I tell them I teach in a middle school. No matter how passionately I explain how much I love this age of learners and that these students su...

October 23, 2017

“Your mind will create thoughts with or without permission.

It can be your master or your servant. Awareness offers you the opportunity to make the choice.”- Thomas M. Sterner

I vividly remember sitting next to my fifth graders after a long school vacation, enthusiastically talking up the new genre of reading we were about to embark on. I had built up excitement for the exploration ahead (at least I...

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