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I’m thankful for the ability to publish this post – despite the fact that for some reason I cannot see a single word that I’m typing. So in some ways, this also makes me appreciate the importance of taking in – retreading, digesting and processing what I write. Because now, staring at the empty white […]
I packed my plans full having not officially seen my students since Monday. They exceeded expectations and worked furiously as we covered new ground. I shared my gratitude and showered them with due rewards for their efforts…candy! They laughed and joked. We learned to embrace all that is crazy about middle school. standing proud and […]
In the midst of a busy schedule, you always manage to find everyday ways to confirm the once-in-a-lifetime promise we made. Last night, you included our daughter in your “Let’s-surprise-mommy” breakfast plans. In your typical way, you plan and prepare. Travel mugs set out on the counter, blue Equal packets perched neatly in each lid. […]
Today’s Top Ten: (in no particular order) Time – spent cuddling a little body not feeling so well. Clorox wipes – along with antibacterial soap and lots of lotion. Sleep – which restored a bit of sparkle back to his eyes. Pull-ups – do you really want an explanation? DVDs – perfect for days when […]
Tonight, after a day spent with Grandma and Grandpa, we took the kids out to dinner at an old train depot that’s been converted into an elegant restaurant. As we followed the hostess to our seat in the railroad car, the kids were eagerly taking in the moment. Shortly after we sat, a train rolled […]
Autumn. The cool October air and nearly leafless trees are a sure sign that it’s trick-or-treat time. Halloween. Petrified cornstalks stand at attention guarding staircases and spooky porches, while carved pumpkins glow eerily. As kids of all ages slip into costumes, I can’t help but wonder if they’re trying on an image they want to […]
Yesterday was the first day my new group of seventh graders reported to the computer lab to begin their blogs. For the most part things are going really well, and so far, I’m enjoying the fact that we held off in starting this project until the state testing and early classroom units were complete. I […]
Because too quickly, the calendar becomes a collection of crossed-out boxes and a full month has vanished. Because today, we listened to our bodies, and doled out the perfect remedy – rest. Because rain pooled on the glass top of our patio table, while they sat side-by-side, reading. I write to remember.
For the past week, the twelve-mile drive between school and daycare has been occupied with an unwelcome passenger – apprehension. It began with an innocent conversation one morning during drop-off when I mentioned that Calder has repeated some words I hadn’t heard him use before and he said he learned them from another student in […]
I sit, in wonder, on the sidelines. I watch him spinning slow circles on the field. I cheer when he chases the crowd when foot finds ball and he looks my way. I move throughout the classroom and watch them making new choices in their writing. I smile when they come together when pen finds […]