When my oldest finished his first year of preschool, he brought home a nugget of wisdom I've used time and time again. The phrase, "Zip it, lock it, put it in your pocket" is a kid-friendly way to stay SHUT YER FACE HOLE. Really, it's the gift that keeps on giving. As educators, pillars of the ... » Learn More about What We Say vs. What We Think: Teacher Edition
I'm a WAHM mother of three and a teacher of many. Doing my job (and career) all in the same space at the same time means many cups of coffee and a messy home, but I really do have the best of both worlds.
When I traded in my first car for an upgrade, I got misty-eyed. When my husband and I sold our first home, I cried on the way to our new one. Even when I pitch an old mascara, I'm inclined to yell, YOU'RE MY BOY, BLUE! My issues run deep. There's just something about endings that make me weepy, and ... » Learn More about Why End of School Goodbye’s Make Me Teary
True story: a colleague once came to work drunk. Please recall that I am a teacher. Which means: a teacher came to school drunk. And students saw. And then they asked a trillion and six questions. Then administration was put on alert. The teacher wasn't suspended or even fired and the rest of ... » Learn More about When You Want To Punch Your Colleague…
Before popping out three kiddos that shared my DNA, I referred to my English students as "my kids." Pretty fitting since my students really did prepare me for motherhood. I learned a lot of important lessons in the classroom that eventually translated into my home. Like the time I was as all ... » Learn More about 7 Ways My Students Prepared Me for Motherhood
This time of the year is hella busy for anyone in education. End of the year assessments, wrapping up graduation requirements, administrative stuff I don't pretend to understand. Students who've been statues since September suddenly come to life with concerns about their grades. Those statues' ... » Learn More about How I Offended Librarians Everywhere and One “Guidance Counselor”