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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

My Yearly Conference Week Slice

Ah, it seems every year I find myself here on conference night. It has been so awesome this year. Once in a while you get a class that just clicks. I have truly loved previous classes and I always learn new things from my students. This group though, wow. I'm truly loving that I get to work with each one. They just love learning and I love teaching them so many new things!
I am having a great time sharing all the amazing work each one has done so far this year. I think this is one of the first years of my career I wasn't a bit jittery about conferences. It can be so hard sometimes having the tough conversations with parents. So far the parents have been wonderful and complimentary. I love hearing from parents that their child is loving school this year and that they can't wait to read or write stories at home. REALLY?! That makes me melt!
I'm just going to try to relish in this year. It's been a long time coming and I know it doesn't happen often. All the children we get the privilege to teach hold a special place in our hearts. Some years just happen to be a little smoother than others and this one is going on the books as a keeper. I'm so tired at the end of the day but not from re-directing multiple behaviors or recording on behavior plans. I'm exhausted from doing what I love to do! TEACH!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Has This Happened Before?

I had a day.
A day I want to hold on to.
A day I don't want to forget.
A day I want to remember,
when I don't have a day like today.

Every day brings challenges. We wake up and face them head on. Some days we face them better than others. It has felt like many years have passed and I have been getting up and facing challenges. This is the essence of life. I know there were glimmers here and there of progress over the years. I know it hasn't all been bad. I know this. I also know that it has felt like a constant uphill battle with a failure in my reflection many times. We have all had those tough groups. Those kids that seem unreachable. I started the year with some hope that maybe this would be a break. A break from what has felt a bit like torture as I have felt like so many times I have faced the challenges and failed to some degree. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't mean to sound glum. I don't want to sound whiny or naive to think it isn't always harder for someone else somewhere. However, today was more than a glimmer. Today felt like a pivot point. Today started and ended with practically everything going the way I hoped. I get up every day with hope. Today I got some payment. I did tough lessons today. Higher level thinking and pushed students to their potential. I was on fire and the kids were lighting up. Everyone smiled. No one was hurt. Everyone achieved. No one failed. It felt, for a moment like it must be a rare thing. Maybe it is rare or maybe it is a glimpse at what could somehow be my best year yet.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


After presenting all morning, attending sessions this afternoon, and dinner with friends I arrived at my sister's house this evening. She is out of town and when I literally dropped all my bags on her bedroom floor a pink envelope was waiting for me on the pillow. Just a sweet reminder that she loves me and that hopefully the sheets are comfortable. (Our great-grandma had a thing about sheets. That is a story for another day). She said she wanted to leave me something that wouldn't be eaten by the dog and a card was safe. I'd say a card was perfect. I had a really nice day today but I was worn out and the card was a nice pick-me-up.

I can't begin to express how grateful I am to have a sister. Well, not just "A" sister, my sister! Even though it seemed like there were so many years between us growing up when I would beg, my then teenage sister to play with me, it has never seemed to change the bond that we have. She's always been someone I can admire and a great model for dreaming big.

I think this is one of those cards that will go on my bulletin board at school next to my desk. It's humor and thoughtful presence will be a nice reminder that no matter how my day is going I'm lucky to have a loving sister. Love you too, Lori.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

How Are You?

I'm wondering...

Are you eating enough?
Did you sleep well?
Are you warm enough?
Is everyone nice?
Do you get some down time?
Have you gone fishing yet?
Did your canoe tip?
Can you hear the crickets?

I miss you.

My son is at fifth-grade camp for a whole week. There is no contact with parents by phone. We can mail notes, packages, and send emails. It is a great experience that he has been anticipating for a couple years now. Everyone says the kids come back much more grown up after the experience. I am looking forward to getting a big hug on Friday.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Day 31 of 31 #SOL16

Here it is. The final day and it is after 11 p.m. I have had slicing on my mind so much today, afraid I would forget to do it. I think I almost did! Today I am sitting here surrounded by piles of clothes as we prepare for a trip to a conference this weekend. My kids are making a trip to the grandparents and my husband and I are going to a be kid free for four days! It's going to be amazing and it will make those hugs at the end of those four days that much sweeter.
I love my kids but I also think little breaks once in a while are good. It's great for my kids to have the undivided attention of their grandparents and it is wonderful for my husband and me to have a meal whenever we want! I am really looking forward to the trip, the break from school, and some different surroundings. It is welcomed and much needed.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Day 30 of 31 #SOL16

Dreaming of
a stream
in between my toes

Thinking of
a sun
shining down in rows

Wishing for
a day
slower I suppose

Hoping it
will stay
warming breezes blow

I am growing more and more impatient for sunny weather that is consistent. I try not to complain about the weather too much. However, lately, I notice a distinct difference in how I feel when I walk outside and the sun is shining as opposed to dark gray clouds with a side of sprinkles. Here's to dreaming, thinking, wishing, and hoping for warmer days ahead.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Day 29 of 31 #SOL16

Goal focused
But sometimes
Reality focused
When everything
Is stacked against you
Yet, you are worth it
I hope you know
We want it all
Knowing we can only give
Knowing it may go away
Knowing we are your support
Knowing you are doing your best
We see you
We will do our best too.