Each November 14th, I treat myself to cake and coffee for my birthday breakfast. In the quiet of the early morning, I happily stuff my face while reflecting on the past 12 months. I always come away with the same rumination: it’s so rude how the days are long and jam-packed with 42-year-old ... » Learn More about Decade of Action
Parenting, marriage, faith, and funny (with a few rants thrown in for good measure).
There is a natural consequence for every action. Like, if I wear sunscreen, my chances of getting skin cancer decrease. YAY FOR ME! On the flip side, if I eat Big Macs every day, I'm gonna need leggier leggings, not to mention roomier arteries. BOO FOR ME! Now, imagine a world where my Big Mac ... » Learn More about 7 Examples of Where Natural Consequences are Missing in Schools
Sometimes, the things I write are published on Bored Teachers. Like this piece, 5 unique ways teachers can earn PD hours. Other times, though, the things I write are too...what? Controversial? Over-the-top? Inappropriate? Whatever the word, sometimes the things I write don't sit well with my Bored ... » Learn More about I’m Sorry, You Make How Much for Doing WHAT?!
A weird thing happened at the beginning of the pandemic. If only for a brief moment in time, it seemed like the rest of the world appreciated teachers. Parents almost--DARE I SAY!--respected us! But, as per usual, teachers quickly went from hero to zero as the pandemic wore on and frustrated ... » Learn More about Before Freaking the Freak Out on Your Kid’s Teacher, Consider These 5 Things…
Letting our kids flounder and fail is a hard but necessary part of parenting. As a teacher, I've encountered my fair share of "fixers:" parents who want to save their child from the fight. Of course I'm not talking about a fight that leads to unsafe situations or harm; I'm talking about the kind of ... » Learn More about Hey Parents, Let’s Try Less Fixing & More Listening