Education :: Be There

My favorite teachers growing up were the ones who cared about me. I didn’t know anything about their personal lives. I didn’t even know their first names until much later. But I knew they cared about me. Mrs. Spargo understood that the playground wasn’t my favorite place. Instead of forcing me to go outside forContinue reading “Education :: Be There”

Hope :: Just Be You… Again

I don’t know about you, but in my life I’ve been told I’m “too ____________” many times. It’s always been about different things, which is why I put in the blank. I’m sure you can think back over your own life and pick out things people have said to or about you. The following isContinue reading “Hope :: Just Be You… Again”

Education :: Attainable Goals

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always had a habit of setting goals for myself (and my students) that are a little on the unattainable side. Is it good to challenge yourself and your students? Absolutely! But there does come a point where you need to be practical while also being hopeful. As aContinue reading “Education :: Attainable Goals”

Education :: Leading by Example

Though this post is labeled “Education”, I honestly believe this post can be for many different aspects of life! I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Do as I say, not as I do.” Have you ever found yourself saying or thinking it? If so, I’m not going to chastise you. That’s not my job. IContinue reading “Education :: Leading by Example”

Education :: Imagination Boosters with Writing

When Abraham Lincoln was a little boy, he had a dog. Most people say dog is man’s best friend, but little Abe was Spot’s best friend. They went everywhere together and everyone knew if they saw Abe, that little dog would be by his side. Spot was afraid of many things, but when Abe wasContinue reading “Education :: Imagination Boosters with Writing”

Education :: You Don’t Have to be Superman

If you’re anything like me, you have expectations for yourself as a teacher. You know just how much needs to be done, you know how many extra hours a week you need to work to get everything done, and you get frustrated when you don’t meet those expectations. Now stop and think for a minute.Continue reading “Education :: You Don’t Have to be Superman”

Education :: My Favorite Writing Exercise

Okay, so I never actually got to do this exercise, but I’ve seen it many times and it looks like so much fun. I’m sure you’ve seen it online and you may even give this assignments to your students! Have them write how to do something. For instance: How to Make a Peanut Butter andContinue reading “Education :: My Favorite Writing Exercise”

Education :: New Year, New Difficulties

Happy New Year!!! You survived 2020!!! I’d love to tell you that 2021 is going to be better, but I can’t make any promises on that one… As I listen to the news and think back on the last year, January 1st doesn’t look very different from December 31st. We’re still dealing with covid-19. We’reContinue reading “Education :: New Year, New Difficulties”

Education :: Why We Write

“Most of my students really struggle with writing. Why do I need to keep pushing them when they really have no interest?” When I was an elementary music teacher, I struggled with this question off and on. I know that music benefits everyone; but what about the students who just don’t *get* it? Why doContinue reading “Education :: Why We Write”