Monday, June 29, 2015


It amazes me, still, that people outside of education still believe we teach for the summers off, the 8-3 workday, the "fun" of it, and the easy money.


Summers off are the only reason I teach!

Ummm... said no teacher ever.

So, really, why do I teach?

I teach because I get to see immediate results of my effort. There is nothing better than that "Aha" moment on a student's face. NOTHING! One year, when I taught 6th grade self-contained, I was teaching the order of operations. This wasn't easy for some of my kids to grasp and one was having a tough time. We went over again, piece by piece, in whole group one morning. This kid suddenly bolted from his seat and said, "I get it! I get it!" He was so excited he turned to his classmates an d told them, "It's like a puzzle!" Best. Aha. Moment. Ever!

I teach because I have a passion for writing and I know how to make it fun and interesting for children. Everyone has a story and I love guiding my students through that process of finding that story, developing it, and sharing it. 

I teach because young people inspire me to be better, do better, work harder, and love deeper. Teaching has changed me into a better person. Plain and simple...

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Well, hello there!

It has been forever!!! So sorry.

Veteran's Day Art

"Snowmen at Night" art tie-in

Descriptive Writing

Life caught up with me. 

Yes, that IS Donte Foster from the Minnesota Vikings. He comes home on his off time and subs at the little school district where he went to school. How awesome is that?!

Fifth grade is HARD!

Testing Relief - Really, 5th grade testing is ridiculous!

"Wonder" Art tie-in

I've changed districts.

Love you Hanna!

Now you're all caught up and I can start this puppy up again.

I loved this group!

See you soon!