Flying’ High

I found this draft I wrote in March 2017 while on a plane to NYC, my dream vacation destination. I decided I would go ahead and hit publish without touching a thing. I'm on a plane with my family. It's Sophie's and Sydney's first flight. They were both very nervous, as was the more experienced … Continue reading Flying’ High

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3 Reasons to Keep a Growth Mindset about Design Thinking in the ELA Classroom

I tend to do this thing where I learn about something new and jump right in with both feet before I have time to think it through fully. So it should be no surprise to anyone who knows me well that I tackled incorporating design thinking into my English class pretty much right after I … Continue reading 3 Reasons to Keep a Growth Mindset about Design Thinking in the ELA Classroom

Techin’ in the Classroom: With and without a 1:1 Initiative

My former school system is blessed with an incredible technology team. They work hard to make sure teachers have access to technology and are aware of the newest apps and programs available. And they do this on a very small budget. This XYZ school system operates with computer labs rather than classroom access to computers … Continue reading Techin’ in the Classroom: With and without a 1:1 Initiative

Reflectin’ on My Landing: An Old Dog and Her New Tricks

After sixteen years of teaching and fourteen years in the same school,  I made the difficult decision to move to another school district. When I announced my plans to my family, friends, and coworkers, I was inundated with comments about how brave and/or crazy I was for giving up tenure and leaving the community into … Continue reading Reflectin’ on My Landing: An Old Dog and Her New Tricks

Guilt Trippin’: 5 Guilt Trips I Need to Avoid as a Classroom Teacher

I have a problem. The gasoline in my engine is guilt. I feel guilty if I go on a date with my husband because my kids will be bored. I feel guilty about taking my daughters shopping because my husband will be alone. I feel guilty about having too many pets that annoy my neighbors. … Continue reading Guilt Trippin’: 5 Guilt Trips I Need to Avoid as a Classroom Teacher

Makin’ Adjustments: Football Coaches Aren’t the Only Ones in Need of Halftime

I am an Alabama Crimson Tide fan. You may not know it from looking at them lately, but they had a few years there that tested my loyalty. I can't count the number of games that had me holding my breath through the second quarter, chanting, "Just hold on 'til halftime. Hold on 'til halftime." You can … Continue reading Makin’ Adjustments: Football Coaches Aren’t the Only Ones in Need of Halftime

Fallin’ on My Face: A True Confession of a High School Teacher

{Settin' It Up} If you've read the "About" section of my blog, you know I recently made the move from XYZ school, where I taught for fourteen years, to ABC school just down the interstate. In doing so, I gave up that golden ticket we educators call tenure. I did this willingly and with great … Continue reading Fallin’ on My Face: A True Confession of a High School Teacher