Growing up, I didn’t enjoy many of the facets to living in Indiana. It’s funny how, while life gets busier as you get older, you notice the little things more. While I love to travel and experience new places, I’m thankful to live where I do. Here are a few of my favorite places to … More My Five Favorite Places in Indiana
I’ve spent my morning working on a post on formative assessment. It’s an important topic, and one I enjoy learning about and discussing. Today, however, I’m left finding it difficult to concentrate on my work. For the past couple of weeks, I have been experiencing extreme fatigue throughout the day. Most days I can just work … More What do we expect from our students?
I love to read. I mean, really, really, really like it. I enjoy reading a variety of genres, but definitely prefer fiction for my pleasure reading. Typically, if someone asks me my favorite book, I just sit there blank-faced. Most avid readers/book lovers can’t name a single book as being a favorite. We might have a … More Five Favorite (YA) Fiction Books(ish)
I hope all educators would agree on the importance of formative assessment. What we might disagree on is the method for assessing. Maybe you have your “quizzes” all made up from previous years. Maybe your district requires everyone to administer the same assessments. Or maybe, you are always looking for new (and engaging) ways to … More Five Favorite Formative Assessment Tools
A few months ago, a student from my alma mater called me to ask if I’d donate to the university. He then asked me if he could update my profile information. The next sentence was one that often leaves me frustrated (if uttered by a non-educator), or baffled (if declared by a teacher). He asked … More I’m “just” a teacher
I recently published the post, Why Are Good Teachers Leaving the Classroom? One of my friends, Andrea GrandPré, mentioned in the article, wrote this in response: You nailed it. I definitely left for change. I miss the students some days, but now at the end of the work day I get to go home at a … More Why One Good Teacher Left the Classroom
My mother retired from teaching after 40+years. The great part was that she was still at the top of her game. She primarily taught kindergarten throughout that time. I have taught K-2 at various times in my career, and I still don’t know where the woman got the energy to teach kindergarten every day for … More Why are good teachers leaving the classroom?