Consistency

This weekend, I ran in a 10-mile race as part of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Miler Series. This was my third of three races preparing me for the mini-marathon in May. After this same race last year, I wrote a Monday Memo about the importance of finishing strong. This year, I want to talk about something … More Consistency

Stone Soup

Recently in a department chair meeting, we began talking about the importance of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) within schools. One topic that came up was that for so long, educators have been used to doing things on their own. Each individual teacher has been on their own island in their classroom and has become accustomed to … More Stone Soup

The Three A’s

One of the hardest parts about being an educator is dealing with upset parents. Unfortunately, it is something that every educator has to deal with at some point in their career. I’m in my thirteenth year of education. Five of those  years, I have been in a position where I am in charge of discipline. … More The Three A’s

One Word 2017

If you are like more than 50% of Americans, you started the new year by making a list of resolutions, or things that you wanted to change or improve upon by the end of 2017. Did you know that less than 8% of the people who make resolutions actually achieve their goal? Why is that? … More One Word 2017

Ripples

This past week, my family and I decided to watch a Christmas movie on the Hallmark Channel (starring Candace Cameron Bure also known as DJ Tanner from Full House and Fuller House). If you have ever watched a Hallmark Christmas movie, I’m sure you can guess that it was a partial love story. The movie … More Ripples

PBIS

“If a child doesn’t know how to read, we teach.” “If a child doesn’t know how to swim, we teach.” “If a child doesn’t know how to multiply, we teach.” “If a child doesn’t know how to drive, we teach.” “If a child doesn’t know how to behave, we…teach?…punish?” “Why can’t we finish the last … More PBIS