I have already started checking off our back-to-school list. Markers, crayons, folders, and notebooks. Maybe a new lunchbox and backpack. Oh, don't forget the hand sanitizer and masks! This will be my daughter's third year of elementary school. So far,...
OK, I’m going to say it…the beginning of the school year is coming. I know, I know, if you’re anything like me you’d rather stick pencils in your eyeballs than acknowledge this fact! The lazy days of summer are...
Our first baby was born in June, four weeks before his July due date. In the blink of an eye, we were faced with the question: Do we send him to kindergarten at 5 or wait another year until...
My boy is growing up. A friend who was once a third grade teacher warned me it would be coming. It is the collision of worlds, where they still seem so tiny, but want so badly to be big....
As surprising as it may seem, your baby is getting ready for middle school. While you may still see a tiny little person when you look at your kiddo, the rest of the world sees an almost teenager. How...
As an educator, I’m constantly encouraging my students to advocate for themselves, for their interests and needs. With this crazy school year and full classes, it’s hard to know the specific needs of all my students all the time,...
Back when my oldest son was starting kindergarten, I'm pretty sure I said at LEAST once, "I literally cannot imagine any scenario in which I would choose to homeschool." Then COVID-19 came into the world like a caffeinated nuclear freight...
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My 7-year-old daughter Mia has been riding horses for a couple years now. It is her passion and a completely foreign world to me. She’s also been doing shows for awhile now at the barn where she takes lessons,...
With Black History Month upon us, I have been nervously trying to figure out how I plan to incorporate Black history into a classroom full of white fourth and fifth graders. I am the ONLY person of color in...
In her April 2019 TED Talk, America Ferrera tells her listeners “presence creates possibility.” Her words resonated for me when I first heard them and they still do. Written on a post-it note in my office, these words remind...
If you read anything I wrote in the past, you probably already know I am a mom of four young children. When I signed up for virtual learning, it was what I thought was best for my kids and...
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The Day the iPad Crashed

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Our iPad was slowing down and hadn’t worked correctly for about a week. It kept turning off, wouldn’t load things correctly and continued saying there was no space available.  I was sitting in a meeting when I got the...
Alright moms, raise your hand if you’ve gotten the email, looking for volunteers to help with your child’s Valentine’s Day party at school. Now, raise your hand if you’ve been scouring Pinterest, searching for the perfect craft or treat...
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Awardless

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I had a conversation with a mom I didn't know online yesterday. She had posted in a local group about how her daughter's Kindergarten teacher had called the night before to give her a heads up about an awards...
Ask my seven-year-old son about the latest Dog Man book he’s reading and he will list every semi-inappropriate joke the series has to offer. Inquire about the most recent episode of Transformers Rescue Bots and he will go on...

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