Work-Life Balance or Unbalance?

Everyone wants a magic formula to create the perfect lifestyle and to know they are doing things right.  If we just had this formula, then happiness and success would invade and take over our lives. Sure. That would be great.

Joy, Happiness, & Fun: Elusive or Inclusive in Your Classroom?

I have a very bright, quick-witted, downright funny 11 year old son, Ryan, who absolutely hates school, most of the time.  From kindergarten through second grade, he would wake up angrily every morning for school, complain loudly about it being a complete waste of his time, and trudge through his morning routine.  I’m an educational … Continue reading Joy, Happiness, & Fun: Elusive or Inclusive in Your Classroom?

Diving Into Summer Reading

This summer, I have a lot of reading to do. My list of books I want to read is growing (but don’t tell my husband…). I have begun already with a few books, participating in (Lead Like A Pirate) and leading (Instant Relevance) book studies, and there are more on my radar, besides the regular fiction authors that I love. So here goes a few on my radar, in no particular order, and why I’ve chosen them:

You Have Been Chopped

All of us have existing activities that could use a little spice or to mix metaphors, a face-lift. Try it with Chopped. I will set up how we did it, and then try to help you connect the pieces to your own content.

Tis the Season to Spice up Your Lessons!

I introduced my dad in the first blog post, giving him credit for my boldness in trying new things with technology in my classroom, but that is not the main impact he has had on my development as an educator. One of the big things I learned from him was the never ceasing job of a teacher to make lessons bigger and better than the last time you taught them.