Friday Writing Challenge: A Favorite Movie

Inside Out I know. This is a Wednesday, but when I started writing about Inside Out last Friday, I realized this movie was a post I needed to write about, not for writing practice, but to explore why it impacted me so profoundly. When I taught American Literature, I told my students that we study … Continue reading Friday Writing Challenge: A Favorite Movie

Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: January

What lessons can teachers offer to designers of software for the classroom? Software designers need to know these eight things if they are going to create a program for the classroom: Teachers and students must be able to access the program within the school, so designers need to understand the various filters and how they … Continue reading Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: January

Friday Writing Challenge: Memories

Five childhood memories. 1968-ish: When I was about three or four (it was when we lived in our first house off Genesee Street), I remember playing with a little girl about my age at her house. I don't remember her name or much about the house itself, but I do remember coloring with her. After we … Continue reading Friday Writing Challenge: Memories

Kaplan’s “Path to Recess”

Excellent post about what is truly important for success. The "soft skills" Kaplan refers to are the 25 things I wrote about in my book, Uncommon Core. "Reflecting on my experiences teaching both at this school and at more traditional public schools, I find myself wondering if the methodology that enables young children to achieve … Continue reading Kaplan’s “Path to Recess”

Friday Writing Challenge: Tattoos

Writing Prompt #2: What tattoos do you have, or what tattoos would you get, and why? July 31, 2013: I'm sitting on a table watching Bryan artistically carve my children's names into my ankle. The pain is so intense that I'm screaming out obscenities--words that explode out of my mouth even as my clenched teeth try … Continue reading Friday Writing Challenge: Tattoos

Friday Writing Challenge: Five Problems with Social Media

Writing is my exhale. I've realized I've been holding my breath for far too long. At least once a week I will exhale, which I hope leads to a healthier breathing pattern. I encourage you to join me, either share your writing on my blog through the comments or in your own forum, whatever that … Continue reading Friday Writing Challenge: Five Problems with Social Media

Blessing 27: Nelson

My father-in-law, Nelson Hawkins, was a blessing in my life for so many reasons. Even during the last few years, things between us didn't change. Nelson continued to send me Mother's Day cards, birthday cards, and Christmas presents--something no one would have expected him to do--yet he never stopped treating me like a daughter-in-law, and … Continue reading Blessing 27: Nelson

Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: November

"What are the top games (online or video games) that can help students learn?" In order to answer this month's question, I had to go to the expert--my 10-year-old son. When I asked him which game has taught him the most, without hesitation, he answered Call of Duty. This is what he had to say: … Continue reading Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: November

Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: October

Can social media have a role to play in managing a successful classroom? Social media can be used in certain classrooms successfully. If teachers need to send out announcements, Facebook and Twitter meet students where they spend much of their time. There is no better application available to send out last-minute reminders or changes of … Continue reading Top 12 Global Teacher Blogger Discussion: October

4 Steps to a Healthier, Happier Me

Over the past 30 years, I have had the same battle with weight that I'm sure many people can relate to. Before I had children, I had time to work out, could eat whatever I wanted, and not worry about my weight. After children, however, it was a different story. As the years packed on, … Continue reading 4 Steps to a Healthier, Happier Me