Dolly delivers dreams

Today my son Liam turns five. This really is a birthday to celebrate as he begins his final year of preschool.  He is growing and changing, while still keeping his love of cooking, crafts, and his “doggy”. This birthday also marks the end of Liam’s excited trips from the mailbox each month for a new... Continue Reading →

Embracing change in the classroom

The first month of school has really been about trying new things in my classroom.  For the last several years I would have good intentions to try new approaches in my classroom or teach new texts.  I found that if I waited to implement these things later in the year, comfort and routine would take... Continue Reading →

A reader’s journey in four books

One of my first assignments for my AP Literature students the past two years is to write about their lives through a journey of four books.  I made a commitment in my teaching manifesto to write alongside my students, so I will attempt to narrow this list to choose four books that have been significant in... Continue Reading →

My teaching manifesto for 2017-18

Tomorrow I will welcome new students and their parents (and likely many recent alumni) into my classroom for open house.  This fresh start is the perfect time to set some "gutsy goals" as we look ahead towards 180 days of learning together. I will pray for my students, individually and collectively. I will fail spectacularly.... Continue Reading →

Real childhood milestones to celebrate

While I do occasionally get a twinge of motherly yearning that makes me long for the days when I could easily scoop them up in my arms, I am so thankful to see them growing, learning, and maturing. P.S. Patrick and Liam, I am so proud of you. Here's to many more milestones to come! Now go switch the laundry. Love, Mama

Summer Reading: Check this out! (Literally)

In the kids’ section of the library, Liam pulls book off the shelf with wild abandon, especially if he sees pictures of trucks or construction vehicles.  This has proven quite effective and we have read some great books because of this approach, but it is also nice to have recommended books to look for and check... Continue Reading →

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