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Marie Kondo and Me, Teacher Appreciation Week SOS!

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Hopefully touching your hearts on Teacher Appreciation Week 2019! Just a lot of teaching stuff! I give up. SOS. Worst organizer, ever, and I’m moving again. Oh boy. Dearie me, I am a late bloomer as usual. I said feh until now about the crazy deal about organizing and tidying up. Morgan told me about […]

Family Glamping, A Lesson in Love

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I had an extraordinary day yesterday. Did you? And I can hardly wait to tell you what happened. You be the judge. Here in America, the Labor Day holiday weekend is an end of summer opportunity to reflect and make observations about past and future. Lessons always surround us when we watch, listen and learn. […]

The Parrot, A Thanksgiving Parable

The Parrot, A Thanksgiving Parable I hope you enjoy this story, perfect for your Thanksgiving festivities. Traditionally my family has always shared stories, our thanks of course, made plenty of toasts, and I always wrote plays for the kids. Once in awhile we found something really fun to share at the table; this one came […]

Waking Up And Letting Go

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We have some time before the ferry departure, so we stop at a little cafe on Captiva Island to fuel up. We get our orders and sit at the shabby table outside. Next to us, headset on and phone in hand, a tanned local man in his 50’s is making one business phone call after […]

Morgan Sleeps Over! 7 Lessons I Learned

Do you remember the first time you had a sleep-over? Along with that first loose tooth, this is one great big rite of passage. Lately I find myself spending more time listening to the ever-present Eugene rain, Soundscapes and relaxation music. If I look at social media I get fixated on mindless, fun stuff or […]

Let’s Start at the Very Beginning!

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“Let’s start at the very beginning. It’s a very good place to start. When we read we begin with A B C….” Who knew I’d love teaching littles? Not me, that’s for sure. Preschool KWLW: Here’s my learning update, month seven of my what was I thinking in year forty six? Who else in their […]

Patient a Moment More

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“My dad gets out of jail in three days, Mr. Ramsey,” shouted Miguel who was beaming happily from his seat in the middle of the classroom. I replied, “That’s great, Miguel. Your dad is going to be so happy to see you. I’m glad you will finally get to spend time with him again. You’ve […]

Your Excuses Are Invalid

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This Might Get Ugly… I’m going to start by fully understanding thevulgar gestures you may want to make towards your computer screen or the nasty emails you mightwrite to meafter reading this, but I think it needs to be said. But I believe that, by the end of this, you will at least partially agree. […]

Finding Love Again

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Today is Human Rights Day. Ironic we have to set aside a special day, when it should be the norm. Human rights for all. All the time. We are Teachers. We are strong and mighty. It’s time to find love again, doing whatever it takes. We’re all in this together. Let our collective voices “raise […]

Learning to read. Covered with jello, bugs & snails!

Little people learning land: A world of wonder It’s one thing to read and write about literacy, it’s another to breathe it. The last time I had a crazy notion in my head I ended up teaching with teachers in over 500 K-12 classrooms. At this stage, it’s unfathomable I would dive headfirst into the […]

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