Like Mother, Like Daughter

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I was scampering early in the morning for my daughter’s parent-teacher meeting and when I arrived, the teacher seemed a bit flustered, especially when she started telling me that my little girl didn’t always pay attention in class and was sometimes a little flighty. [ Read More ]

How A Little Girl Added Color To My Life

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I had signed up to be a school volunteer and was helping a six-year-old girl with her homework. But it turned out I was the one in need of help. [ Read More ]

Faulty Cheerleader Pyramid [PODCAST]

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Diane tells the story of being a cheerleader in high school. Everything is going fine until one pyramid formation goes awry! [ Read More ]

Hint Stint In The Classroom

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I overheard an English teacher in the classroom next to mine trying to engage his pupils in a round of literary trivia. He tossed out several questions but got little response from the students. [ Read More ]

First Day of School

Back in the early ’90’s we were a young family of five. Our three children were raised on Sesame Street and Disney VHS tapes. As time passed our oldest child, Zachary, finally was ready to go to kindergarten. [ Read More ]

Dirty Dog

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Several years ago I was at a conference of educators in Louisville, Kentucky. The collective purpose of the college professors and high school teachers there was to grade the thousands of Advanced Placement Literature and Composition examination papers that had been submitted by students from across America. As much of an honor as it was … [ Read More ]

Behavior Report

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A young girl can’t fathom her mother’s reaction to her bad behavior report. What will she say?! [ Read More ]

Boredom Makes Creativity

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I took this photo when I was writing some essay and hit with boredom. When you run out of ideas, here’s one of the crazy things you do. [ Read More ]

Who Needs A Very Long String?

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My little girl came from kindergarten absolutely ecstatic one day. “Tomorrow we are going to make a mobile phone out of a paper cup and string,” she announced. “Now I can call you from school!” [ Read More ]

Teaching Middle School Geometry

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My first year of “real teaching” found me in a 6th grade class – Middle School – where teachers age like the president  – teaching math. While I am proficient at math, it is not my favorite subject. [ Read More ]

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