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 :: 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”

Education :: I Don’t Have Enough Time

I was talking with a third grade teacher recently who was talking about all of the things that she can’t teach because she just doesn’t have the time. Grammar is one of those things that has been lost because verbs, nouns, adjectives, and such just don’t come up on the standardized tests. I get it!Continue reading “Education :: I Don’t Have Enough Time”

Education :: Tips for Creating Characters

Come up with a name for your character Why create a name first? a name gives the author a chance to get an idea for his/her character this name isn’t necessarily written in stone, but it places a character within a certain group or realm What are the main characteristics of this character? Species BeforeContinue reading “Education :: Tips for Creating Characters”

Education :: My Biggest Writing Pet Peeve

What is wrong with the following sentences? I should of known you would say that. I could of stopped you. I know many people get frustrated with the wrong use of there/their/they’re, its/it’s and to/too/two. Yes, these annoy me as well. However, the issue in the two sentences above is my biggest pet peeve! Honestly,Continue reading “Education :: My Biggest Writing Pet Peeve”

Education :: Tips for Back in the Classroom

As we come in to November, if you haven’t gone back into the classroom yet, you will probably be heading back soon. And if you are, I’m sure you have a LOT of anxiety coming back into the classroom; especially with all of the guidelines you have to meet. Not only do you somehow haveContinue reading “Education :: Tips for Back in the Classroom”

Education :: Why the “When” is so Important

Some images don’t make any sense, or have very little meaning, unless you know when they were taken. Imagine a woman dressed in rags, her face unsmiling, her hands empty. The caption reads, “The Great Depression: 1931” or “WWII Refugee: 1943” or “One woman’s salvation through the work of the ‘End It’ Movement: 2017”. NowContinue reading “Education :: Why the “When” is so Important”

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?”