Education :: Do My Students Like Me?

This is a question first time teachers worry about constantly. And as we more veteran teachers move on from year to year, this worry tends to fall off of what’s important to us. As we teachers get further into our career, we teach what we teach and it’s up to the students to actually doContinue reading “Education :: Do My Students Like Me?”

Hope :: When Anger Strikes

You know those moments where everything is fine until suddenly it’s not? Where you’ve been having a pretty good day and all of a sudden you’re overcome with this raging anger that takes over out of nowhere? This was me just last week. I live 3000 miles away from my family, but I try toContinue reading “Hope :: When Anger Strikes”

Hope :: Beneath the Mask

You’re the one who walks around every day, a smile on your lips but inside your heart is completely shredded. You’re the one who just, for once, wants to be liked. You want to fit in. You want to be liked. You don’t actually like the people you spend your time with, but they seemContinue reading “Hope :: Beneath the Mask”

Education :: Why the “Why?” and “How?” are so Difficult

When it comes to writing the “why” and “how” of a story, there are a lot of reasons this is so difficult, especially for our young writers. For those who teach these young writers, it’s extremely disconcerting when you get the same story over and over again. The stories might have different characters and aContinue reading “Education :: Why the “Why?” and “How?” are so Difficult”

Hope :: Getting Back Up Again

Have you had those days where it felt like everything that could go wrong has gone wrong? Whole weeks? Months? And in the case of 2020 – an entire year? Have you ever felt like life tripped you? Then shoved you flat to the ground? Then kicked you for the fun of it, adding justContinue reading “Hope :: Getting Back Up Again”

Education :: How Do You Know Where to Start?

The simple answer to this question? There is no answer! It would be really nice if we had a formula that worked for every single story. Whether it’s a short essay for school or you’re trying to write the world’s greatest novel, it’s very difficult to know where to start. I find it’s best toContinue reading “Education :: How Do You Know Where to Start?”

Hope :: Finding Peace in the Madness

Sometimes life sucks. I would be doing you a disservice if I told you otherwise. I could use this blog to tell you that everything is going to be okay always and that we don’t need to worry about bad things happening. But that’s just not true. At this very moment, I am in theContinue reading “Hope :: Finding Peace in the Madness”

Education :: What a Strange Year

Some things you can do to help parents help their kids and to not go crazy yourself! The 2020-2021 school year has begun for much of the United States and around the world. No matter where you are, I’m sure this school year has at least a few different aspects. As teachers, we’re experiencing thingsContinue reading “Education :: What a Strange Year”

Hope :: Prayer? What?

Okay, if you’ve made it past the title, I’m glad! Have you ever wanted to tell someone what was going on in your life, but you didn’t know who to talk to? Have you written out the things you struggle with in a notebook or journal of some sort (electronic journals count!) If you have,Continue reading “Hope :: Prayer? What?”

Education :: What Do You Need?

As a teacher, we’ve all felt like the Cat in the Hat. We enjoy the fast pace, we love getting to teach our students how to do things! And it all takes a lot of balance and juggling. But where do we find the time??? That’s where I come in. I created this blog toContinue reading “Education :: What Do You Need?”