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One Month – Already?

I remember asking students on the third day of school if it was just me, or didn’t it feel like we’d been back in school for longer than a few days.  Many of them agreed and ironically, I think we all meant it in a similar way. Sure we grumble and gripe about the long […]


As we’ve been getting to know each other this week, I’ve shared with my students that I spent six months during college living in Manhattan for an internship.  I fell in love with the city during that spring of 1999, and was so thankful for the chance to return with my best friend in 2001.  […]

SOLS: Skunked

I’d just snapped the lid on my now empty bowl of cereal when my cell phone rang.  Rummaging through my purse in the passenger’s seat, I kept my eyes on the road for fear that deer and other critters would be on the move, and knowing I didn’t want to start my day – much […]

SOLS ~ Gentle Reminders

SOLS ~ Gentle Reminders

For the past two weeks we’ve taken our kids to daycare/preschool while we prepared our classroom or engaged in professional development with our building and district colleagues.  Since we were starting at a new facility, it only made sense to allow for this transition time, and happily, both Calder and Seneca have taken to their […]

Are you ready?

I cannot begin to express how excited I am about the past four days I’ve spent working, laughing, and learning with my colleagues!  While my to-do list still feels a few hundred miles long, I am eager to continue checking things off as I anxiously await the arrival of The First Day! Every year is […]

New Beginnings

I always love the beginning of a new school year.  At this point, I’m in shock that we’re already entering the homestretch of the calendar, the weather here becomes brisk and there’s the familiar bustle – the buzz of routine circulating once more throughout our household. Today, well technically yesterday since it is now after […]

Your Reflective Sentences

For many teachers, in Michigan at least, the first week of April provides one of those much-needed reprieves wherein we usually catch up with home improvement projects, family commitments, personal reading, and yes, school work, which was true for many reflections that came in this week.  And yet, once again, I find myself reminded that here and now are vastly different for […]

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