Monthly Archives: May 2014

“Sometimes, you read a book so special that you want to carry it around for months after you’ve finished just to stay near it.” –Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

There’s something to be said for writers that literally bring you into their books. Hatchet byGary Paulsen did that to me.  For a moment, I was with Brian in Hatchet.  Surviving, scared, but brave. Then it was The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  The characters inThe Fault in Our Stars were my friends, too. It was such a hauntingly beautiful story. Wonder by R.J. Palacio was another book that captivated me.  These are the books that keep me talking and thinking, long after I read the last word.  These are the books that I depend on to teach our young ones empathy, bravery, compassion, kindness and generosity.

Hatchet (Brian's Saga, #1)    Front Cover   Front Cover


I know Common Core State Standards are pushing nonfiction, and for parents, word is that fiction should fall to the wayside.  That is simply not true.

In the words of Kylene Beers, “Nonfiction lets us learn more; fiction lets us be more.”

Reading fiction changes us and teaches us. Sure, if we want to learn more about the brain, we can read from a wide variety of nonfiction books.

But if we want to connect with a character on a very deep level…we read fiction. And what a magical thing it is to see yourself in someone else’s writing.

At the moment, it’s Eleanor and Park, by  Rainbow Rowell.

Only a quarter of the way in and I feel the magic with every word.

What role does fiction and nonfiction play in your life?


Feed Your Teaching Soul

A few months ago, I joined a Facebook group ( geared at feeding your teaching soul.  As a member of this group, I have been inspired to focus my energy on topics such as organization, creativity, reflection, and spirit. This journey was so empowering, I joined the second month’s challenge without hestitation.

This month’s theme is RESTORATION.

This week’s  “assignment” revolves around Habits.  We were asked to spend 1 week forming a new habit.

As a SAHM gearing up to go back to work after 6 years, my goal is to cultivate the habit of unplugging more often when I’m around my kiddos.

That text can wait.

That twitter update can wait.

That email can wait.

Life will go on with or without my attention, but time with my kids goes way too fast and I don’t want to miss a beat. So this week, I will maximize my time with my boys. I will work hard to make this a new HABIT.

And who knows…maybe, after 7 days, I will “forget” my phone when I’m out and about with my boys.


...and we really can live without a 100.00 a month cell phone bill, manicures, parties, vacations, etc...choose a picnic at the lake with pbj, free swings at the park, an evening stroll with the kids at sunset...little money, you can get by.


I’m on a mission. My mission is to convince my colleagues to join the Twitter Fan Club. In the short few months that I have been active on Twitter, I wonder why it’s taken me so long to join.

Here are 10 reasons I’m a FAN of Twitter:

1) 5 minutes is all I need to learn one new thing. Imagine 20 minutes on Twitter?

2) Connections with incredibly inspiring educators.

  • @bethhill2829
  • @mssackstein
  • @mrkempnz
  • @cybraryman1
  • @ScottRRocco
  • @TalksWTeachers

3) Engaging discussions that make me think, reflect, inquire.

4) So much technology to explore, so many links thru Twitter.

5) Positive support and motivation.

6) “Attend” conferences via other’s live tweeting.

7) Get input from around the globe. A global perspective is enlightening!

8) Keeps me current.

9) Connection to blogs. Some of my favorites:

10) And finally, tweeting is the perfect way to build your Professional Learning Network (PLN)

I can’t say enough about how much I’ve fallen in love with Twitter.  Here’s a link to some more great Twitter resources from Edudemic:

And to think, this is how Twitter has impacted me.  I haven’t even touched on how Twitter can impact student learning.  Oh, the places Twitter can take you!

How has Twitter impacted your professional life?  Please share…