Staying Out of the Trap

Long time no blog! At the start of this school year I had hopes of blogging every week, if not every other week. Then it became every month. Now it’s just become….well, barely at all! Today though, I had a burning desire to share a few thoughts that have been brewing over the last few […]

Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination

“And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life” (33) About the book: Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling was the commencement address that she gave at Harvard in 2009.  She focuses on two main topics the importance of imagination and the… Continue reading Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination

Teachers as Learners: Moving from Unintentional to Engaged to Empowered

So which type of teacher learner are you? If we’re honest, we have all been unintentional and engaged during our careers. In the very beginning, we soak up every scrap of professional development thrown at us. Inexperienced educators are hungry to know more in order to gain a sense of mastery in the classroom. As that begins to occur, the shift from educationally starving to sated develops, and that is perhaps the most dangerous moment in our educational careers.

Year of Yes

“Making it through the glass ceiling to the other side was simply a matter of running on a path created by every other woman’s footprints” (173). About the book I have been a fan of Shonda Rhimes for quite a few years.  Her company, Shondaland creates Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, and… Continue reading Year of Yes


So many great words…what should I choose? After much thought and consideration, I have picked what I consider the perfect #oneword for my 2018.  The word I picked is “renew.” The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word “renew” as “to make like new: to restore freshness, vigor or perfection.  One of the reasons I picked the … Continue reading #oneword2018

The Lily Effect: Isolated Teacher Makeover

During one of the first professional development (PD) days for my district at the beginning of the school year, I worked with several teachers and had several conversations. Some were just typical teacher banter expected at the first full PD day of the new school year, but one particular comment stood out the moment it was uttered. It continues to crop up in my mind at random moments. It stirs my oppositional defiant mojo each and every time. I don’t recall the specific wording, but while discussing the “new” collaboration methods our principal used on us as a demonstration, this particular teacher, an experienced teacher near retirement, said something like: I’m there to teach. Students are there to learn.