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Being a high school teacher affords me many opportunities to help teens handle life. And loss.  It is at once:  enlightening, encouraging, painful, and honest. Emotions are raw, understanding often limited, and nearly all experiences are ‘firsts.’ Sadly, some, like birth and death, become second- and third-time experiences for a few.  Being there, with a shoulder, a safe place to cry, …

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Earlier this weekend, I read Tara’s weekly Week in Review over at The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shhh! and got to thinking about ways to share some of the events that make up my own ‘life process’ in a week’s time. There are always so many things happening in our lives that influence everything else, and …

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How do you feel when faced with a new Learning Curve? Excited? Overwhelmed? Motivated? Exhausted? Hopeful? Is it more like an uphill climb or a long road laid out ahead of you? For me, it’s a combination of any of these at any time, and sometimes a euphoric blend of all, at the same time. Mind-numbing. Returning to WordPress (origination date: 2009), migrating my blogs [this …

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I love it when working the process ends with a positive result, don’t you? I also love customer-centric business sense:  Make it user-friendly.  Keep it simple. This Week’s Process:  Question confounded me.  Process began.  Struggled, walked away, pondered, came back, tinkered awhile, struggled some more, walked away (again), and finally….. got it! Backstory:  I began blogging in 2009, trying out WordPress and Blogger.  I  started with WP, …

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Death. A dreadful event. “Why did it happen?” they asked yesterday. If only I knew. Navigating daily twists and turns with teens broadens my perspective, tickles my funny bone, sharpens details often overlooked in a chaotic adult world, but in the never-ending ‘tragedies’ teens create, death – a real tragedy – brings pause. And confusion. “Why did it happen?” they ask. …

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What makes you think that? Such a simple question, loaded with possibilities. Just ask. See what comes next.

  “Quitting is not an option but resting is.”      Author:  Jordan D. Ulmer     Has it really been an entire year since I last blogged here? HOW does that happen??  WHY does that happen? Even after nineteen years, the ‘busy-ness’ of a school year continues to surprise (and overwhelm) me.  Fellow K-12 educators know exactly what I’m talking about. One minute it’s …

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A new school year begins… preplanning starts officially today, though ‘planning’ has been going on all most of summer.  For me, being organized sets the tone for daily classroom life.  This year, I’m feeling ready! How about you? How much time do you focus on planning or other ‘classroom stuff’ during summer vacation? I’m thrilled …

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In two short days, we will walk our students off campus for the last time this year. Where did the time go?  As I suspected, time on a campus is much different than time in a district office… a vacuum, really.  This makes me happy.  My faith in ‘school year time’ has been restored. With …

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Got a message from a student today. He transferred into my class in early February, from another Intensive Reading class. He’s a senior with special needs, looking forward to graduating in two weeks. When he arrived, he spoke to no one, including me.  Now, he participates in peer discussions and likes to hang out with a few other classmates …

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Every day, I am thankful that I’m back in the classroom full-time. My high school students shock me, bewilder me, anger me, humble me, humor me, teach me …. every single day.  Lately, they even seem to like me. A bonus, indeed! Above my desk at home, I have a small poster about Life (itself, not the magazine). And at the …

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I introduced Word Play Wednesday to my students in early December, a few weeks after my new classes were formed and students transferred in from other Reading classes or from other electives. Finding ways to engage students who were transferred ‘against their will’ proved challenging, but word games helped break the ice. On his very first try, a student puts …

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