Rebecca Klein wrote an article for the Huffington Post this week about the optimism found in teachers who, through no fault of their own, are often portrayed as ready to give up. In looking at some data from Scholastic and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, she found what I know to be true about MORE »
There are few things in life more disturbing than imposing beliefs onto an entire nation because someone else feels threatened. I say this from a position as a person watching with horror the things happening in Kansas and Arizona right now. We are, literally in every sense of the phrase, taking several steps backward in MORE »
Last weekend, I spent some time with the ONE Campaign doing their yearly ONE Summit in Washington, D.C. Part of the reason I was asked to attend this was because I had taken a trip with them to Ethiopia back in October of 2012 and, as a delegation member, I got to learn more about MORE »
In my nearly 20 years of education I have found that when kids LOVE books, they become lifelong readers. Here are 10 such books my students have come to adore.
Back in 2004, I found myself thoroughly disgusted with reality television though, admittedly, I’m not fond of any of it. That was when a new show was introduced called The Swan. Do you remember that one? It was full of women who were “ugly ducklings,” but who would be given extreme makeovers that came with surgery, MORE »
We’re closing in on the end of January, and I’m already worried and doing a lot of hand-wringing over the mental health of our schoolchildren. In the news, we’ve seen school shootings and issues with weapons brought onto school campuses as well as a student in Colorado who set himself on fire in front of MORE »
I am at the stage in my life where I have to consider what the next phases will bring. First of all, all four of my children are legal adults, two of them with jobs and homes of their own. The two youngest are still working their way through college, internships, and part-time jobs to MORE »
Today is as good a day as any to discuss Dr. King’s contributions to our national discourse on civil rights. One of the things that continues to pop up on my news feed are book lists compiled by parents about where to start with children when talking about why they have today off from school. MORE »
The first time I heard of Alex & Ani was when some friends of mine, from the ONE Foundation, gifted me with a set of energy bracelets. Ginny and Jeannine, both of whom traveled with me to Ethiopia in 2012, sent them to me as a gift to cheer me up when my nephew got MORE »
Since I don't know how to stop being a teacher even with my children, I used every chance I got to teach. Even in the car.
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