The End of the First Week!

Wow! Week one has already flown by! Granted, it was a short week crammed with getting-back-into-school business. Regardless! It absolutely flew by. We started a unit called “The Door Scene” today, and it’s all about kids creating a film that builds suspense around hearing a noise and being locked out of a room. The kids…

Flip Grid and Fun Questionnaires

Today I had my students fill out a questionnaire about themselves, and then they spent the last ten minutes of class using Flip Grid to share some of their answers with the class and me. Ten minutes was the perfect amount of time for them to play around with the program without getting distracted by…

Year Three: Day One

I’m trying to promote reflective practice in my life and decided that I would try to blog at the end of each work day, even if it’s just one quick paragraph analyzing how the day went. This year is my third of teaching, and I feel more and more affirmed in my career choice every…

Hiking the Four Thousand Footers in NH

After completing my last four thousand footer in New Hampshire on Saturday, I was filled with emotions I was not expecting- pride, joy, fear, excitement, and an overall feeling of being full. The journey was over, but it has inspired so many other journeys now! I had to write an essay to receive the patch…

Sacrifices in Sightseeing

“Wanderlust” has become such a revered element of our culture in this day and age, and don’t get me wrong- I’m happy about that. With social media being prevalent and Pinterest assisting in the process, desiring to travel has become a popular topic of discussion. I love that our world is becoming smaller and more…

Little Lessons

Coaching boys’ basketball this year has been one of the most challenging experiences of my (quite short) career thus far. Our school opted to not have a third team, and without making cuts it has left me with seventeen players on my squad… not exactly ideal when five players are on the court at a…

Ringing in 2017!

With 2017 just around the corner, I found myself trying to create a list of resolutions for myself. According to Dictionary.com, a resolution is changing an undesired behavior in oneself. Based on this definition, I don’t want to set resolutions. I don’t want to wait until the new year rolls around before I start breaking…

Some Thoughts about the Election…

I find it necessary to speak out about the election in hopes of finding positive connections in the midst of the chaos and grieving of so many. As a classroom teacher my stomach ached as I drove to work Wednesday, wondering what in the world I would say to the students as they celebrated or…

What is “Adulting,” Anyway?

To the person who tells me that I’m not a real adult until I have kids. To the person who tells me I’m not a real adult until I have a house. To the person who tells me I’m not a real adult until I’ve been at my job longer. All of those individuals who…

Featured Writing!

Just a few weeks ago, our school’s social networking coordinator asked me to write about my summer. She was hoping to publish a piece about my adventures on our district Facebook page. Well, it was published! It’s such a beautiful feeling to read my work online, knowing that it’s reaching even a select few people….

Privilege

The greatest privilege of teaching is seeing the fruits of my labor. As I sit down to write this post, I have plans to attend a birthday dinner for a former student. A year later, she and her mum have still wanted to keep in touch. This student has such a kind, gentle, joyful soul….

Joy

This post will be short because I have to run up to morning duty with the kiddos. I just need to proclaim to the world (or the few people who read my blog) how much joy teaching brings to my life. Last night, the soccer team I coach had a game at 5:15. Rather than…