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It’s Going to be a Great Year!

It’s that time of year again. As summer drifts away, our kids are returning to the classroom and we all return to a more structured daily routine. This is the time of year for new clothes, new friends and new beginnings. It is a time of year when all things seem possible, but it can also be a time when …

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Last Bell

We are at that wonderful time of the “last bell” of the year. If you’re a parent or teacher, your world is shifting from a regimented routine to a more relaxed time. The days are longer, the air is warmer and there is no shortage of good times ahead. Anything feels possible right now. But don’t get too comfortable…we know …

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Limping Across the Finish Line

This great blog post from Jen Hatmaker has made me laugh for a few years now. Jen talks about how a parent feels at the beginning of the school year through the end of the year. She describes “limping, limping across the finish line.” I remember that feeling all too well….as a mom and a teacher. As a mom, the …

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High Tech Kids…The End of the Divide

Just a couple of years ago, we were really worried about the digital divide. We worried that kids from lower income homes wouldn’t have access to the Internet. We worried that schools with limited funding wouldn’t have resources to purchase the devices so important for learning. But in the blink of an eye, all of that has changed. We now …

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Sharing the Joy of Reading

When I was teaching elementary students I just loved reading conferences. I looked forward to sitting with each student individually and hearing all about his or her independent reading book. We would talk about comprehension and I would do my best to determine how I could help students improve their skills. The best part was sharing in the joy of …