#SoL20: Looking Back, Moving Forward

This week I shared with students we were going to do the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge.  I’m nervous and excited for them, but mostly hopeful that they will see the benefit and joy of doing it.  I actually got to speak to two students over Hangouts today and address some points of confusion.  […]


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#SoL20: Frogs

There was a show on television when I was a kid, though I don’t recall the name, but I recall the premise.  A kid would have a secret/weird talent or collection or hobby that a panel of celebrities would have to guess.  It was on Nickelodeon so the once infamous “green slime” was involved if […]

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#SoL20: New Reading Spaces

This weekend I have spent a lot of time with my nose in a book.  I tried changing things up by reading in different places in my apartment that I don’t typically read.  Mainly to avoid falling asleep in my bed when I shouldn’t. One day, it was the spare room in my apartment.  Despite […]

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#SoL20: Lunch Break

Another aspect of school I miss is eating lunch with both colleagues and students.  Lunch with colleagues and students though wasn’t so bad.  On Fridays, one of the girls in my writing class would have lunch in my room.  She didn’t like eating in the cafeteria.  She wasn’t the first student to take lunch in my […]

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#SoL20: A Refresh

Self Distancing is hard, but that’s why trying new things is important. I read in a different room of my apartment today — curling up with a book in the spare room I set up as a library but never read in.  It was nice, even if the warmth coming in from the windows made […]

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#SoL20: Breaking Bread

I have never baked bread before.  Never have I witnessed for myself the magic of dough doubling in size after sitting undisturbed for an hour.  I have never pushed and pressed at bread dough on my kitchen counter, finding a rhythm and sticking to it.  Never have I watched and waited for yeast to mix […]

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#SoL20: Polish, Poise, and Peace

In thinking of ways to promote self-care, I immediately thought of pedicures.  Not only because my mom and I made a habit of getting them done on occasion, but also because I finished a book recently (Little Bee by Chris Cleave) that mentioned nail polish.  In the book, one of the main characters — Little […]

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#SoL20: Trying to Plan

Tomorrow begins Spring Break for our school district, but it doesn’t feel like much of one since we have already been gone for a week due to the virus.  That being said, I am grateful for the break because that gives me time to put some plans together.  I’m a planner, it’s what I do, […]

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#SoL20: Teacher Shoes

I was flipping through my notebook for ideas this morning, not exactly knowing what I wanted to write, and I found an entry (a free form poem) from January titled “Teachers Shoes.” Kicked off as soon as I get home, Laces loose and ready to slip on. The insides are worn from feet Dug deep […]

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