I am beyond thrilled to have made it to the student teaching phase of my education. For those of you who don't know, I am earning my Masters in Teaching Secondary English. I've been working on my degree since June of 2019. Little did I know just how different the world would be when I… Continue reading Student Teaching amid a Pandemic (part 1)
I've always loved the first few days back at school. I still remember how excited I felt picking out my "first day of school" outfit, shopping for shoes... The butterflies that first morning... Now, as a parent of two middle schoolers, I get to experience those feelings with my own kids. And as a teacher… Continue reading This is it! The Big Sale is Here!
Are you staring down the barren hallway of another school year (or semester) spent distance teaching? If we try to look on the bright side, at least this time we've had a little chance to prepare - sort of. I remember way, waaaay back in April thinking our extended spring break felt like it would… Continue reading Distance Learning… Again?
Looking to introduce your students to the genre of horror this year? W. W. Jacobs' "The Monkey's Paw" is fantastic intro to this genre. This story includes a number of literary devices, easy to follow story structure, and just the right amount of suspense. The complete, ready-to-go lesson is available in my Teachers Pay Teachers… Continue reading The Monkey’s Paw
I don't think my kids are going back to school this year... How about you? I wouldn't say that I'm freaking out, but "thrilled" is not the word I would use either. I love my kids of course! And it has actually been nice (and undramatic) spending as much time together as we have been.… Continue reading Navigating the New Normal
I love education. I love planning out lessons to stimulate my students' minds. I love the moment when students and goals merge into one well educated successful outcome - I love--- Wait a second.... Not every lesson works quite like that. Let's get real people. There's a reason our country is always in a jam… Continue reading Morning Menu – Homeschooling on the Fly
Do you ever feel like one day you'll become the latest headline - "PTA mother of four goes berserk in Target." I'll be honest. Mom-life is no cake walk. It's the equivalent of wrangling a herd of feral cats and trying to teach them the alphabet. I've told my kids, more than once, that I… Continue reading Teacher. Mom. Crazy Lady… How to balance it all.