2020 Graduates Need Leaders Like Barack Obama Now More than Ever

My daughter graduates this year. And, similar to the last weeks of my grandmother’s life and battle with Alzheimers, I never imagined this kind of goodbye. Over the last few weeks, I have fallen into sadness, sometimes madness, over this world we live in. But, the words Barack Obama wrote told my sadness that it’sContinue reading “2020 Graduates Need Leaders Like Barack Obama Now More than Ever”

There’s An Artist Hiding Inside Your Child’s Mind

When my son was six, he wouldn’t use descriptive language like my daughter who devoured books and words faster than most children. My son liked to describe everything with a zip or a zoom. He’d riddle his sentences with a series of sounds that could sometimes be mistaken for heavy fire in a battle orContinue reading “There’s An Artist Hiding Inside Your Child’s Mind”

Teaching From Home

As we’re all still processing the fact that many schools will probably shut down for the rest of this school year, we need to prepare for education at home. This post provides educators, parents, and students with some useful websites and tools to help make educating students easier. Find one or two resources that makeContinue reading “Teaching From Home”

Educators and Parents Need to Read This

Taking a break from teaching has given me time to explore the world of education through the Internet. I’ve found some sites that feel like an endless trail of links to worksheets that are essentially irrelevant to students of the 2020 realm.  But, I’ve also found websites that are not only 2020 perfect, but 2020Continue reading “Educators and Parents Need to Read This”

Stimulating the Summer Brain: For parents who are watching their children drool over their devices.

Heavy into summer, kids do not want to hear the word “school” let alone the word “read” and do NOT utter the name we do not speak of “HOMEWORK.” So if you’re a parent like me and you’ve begun noticing that there’s no intellectual stimulation other than YouTube and gaming with an occasional excursion toContinue reading “Stimulating the Summer Brain: For parents who are watching their children drool over their devices.”

Censoring Enlightenment

Oftentimes when reading To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee in the classroom, students giggle when stumbling upon the first “inappropriate” word. By ages 10 and 11 nowadays, students have heard and said all of those words at some point. In fact, a lot of those kids have heard their parents shouting those words whileContinue reading “Censoring Enlightenment”

Who educates whom?

Any teacher worth their salt will tell you straight up that she’s learned as much from her students as they have from her. But, every teacher will concede that learning has become more than just a challenge. I have two children and I’ve taught thousands. So, when I began teaching, I wanted to be theContinue reading “Who educates whom?”