RobinLK ~ All About the Process

exploring life + learning + creative curiosity

Here’s to you, fellow java junkies…. a little Monday Motivation/Humor to let you know you’re not alone! Stay out of prison today. Drink up. I’ll be right there with ya’…. You’ll recognize me. I’ll be the one with the sheepish grin and BIG eyes.   Welcome back, students!  Heads-up: caffeine’s kickin’…. Open your notebooks… Let’s get this party started!   Three …

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  What happens when dads walk away? As a ‘dad-less’ daughter, I know kids are left behind to wonder why. Why did he go? Why didn’t he want me? What did I do wrong? Why didn’t he want to be around? What could I have done differently to make him stay? Or, worse yet, kids left behind think mom pushed dad away, …

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I recently shared six-word stories, one of my favorite writing forms, with my high school students, on a day we could actually breathe a little.  Any more, these days are few and far between.  No observers.  No guests.  No testing.  Just time to write. Creatively. Makes me miss (even more!) the days when Reading/Writing Workshop was …

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Students Students Students Students Students Students Students Students Students Students   Oftentimes, when I tell people I’m a high school teacher, I get this response (or a slight variation), “Oh, wow!  I could never do that! Teenagers these days….” Truth is, the teenagers have been the only reason I keep coming back to the K-12 classroom.  Let’s be clear …

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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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“Do you know J____  (JJ)  S ______?” coach asked. “No, should I?” I replied. “Probably. He’s on his way to being booted from the team* permanently.” “So, what’s the issue?” “Major attitude problem.” “Does he have (college-level) potential?” “Has been a walk-on since his freshman year.” Yikes. “Send him to my classroom Wednesday.” And so it began:  …

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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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In a country whose education system has continued to erode for more years than most would like to acknowledge, we’re once again having dialogue about the issues:  poor student performance, lack of money, ‘bad’ teachers, poor parenting, crumbling buildings, outdated instructional methods …. the list goes on and on. But is the Education Nation discussion …

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