“Pandemic Teaching,” “Emergency Teaching,” “Survival Mode" — These are some of the ways we teachers have described teaching one full school year during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nine months ago, when my district let us know that we would be offering...
A long time ago, I thought I’d grow up to be a teacher. (And by a long time ago, I mean like seven-ish years, I was very much an adult at this point with two kids and one on...
Feminism is my favorite F word (now that’s really saying something). Yet, I’ve had conflicting feelings about Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. Part of me feels like, "Geez, the amount of energy and attention we have to...
Financial mistakes. I’ve made a few. There was the time I scoured the couch cushions for change to get to a job interview. The time I withdrew money from my retirement account because I felt like taking a month...
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 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard.” When talking to a friend about how to best recognize MLK Day 2021 in writing, she pointed out...
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...
Life on the hybrid schedule sucks. I wrote this post twice, and when I reread each one, I realized all I was doing was venting and complaining and making myself angry all over again. So, I thought I’d just share...
In March of 2020, the world as we knew it took a sharp turn. It probably happened before that, but March was when it affected most of America. It was the week before spring break, and I remember the rumors...
Dear Kindergartener,  It’s NOT supposed to be like this. You’re entering into the very FIRST year of elementary school. The year is 2020, and the world is in the middle of a global pandemic. CoronaVirus cases continue to rise in...
Moms, friend to friend, can I confess something to you? I see what is happening right now with schools and teachers and kids, and I feel paralyzed and weary about all the heavy decisions and tough choices being made....

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This time last year, I was writing about sending my baby girl off to kindergarten. I was anxious and nervous about sending this piece of my heart out into the big world of public education all by herself without me...
I knew this day was coming, the day when my oldest son would be entering kindergarten. I tried to prepare myself all year by being more intentional with our time together. I absorbed every moment and captured every memory....
The upcoming school year is at the forefront of most minds. Do we send the kids? Do we keep them home? What about homeschooling and virtual school? Will my kids be safe at school? What will school even look...
Welcome to the 2020 school year! If you're fumbling your way through this unprecedented year of pandemic education, you're not alone. This guide will give you the resources for homeschool, virtual school, or extra activities to enhance your child's...

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