The Feel of the Great Plains

Only traces of life touch this place – faint tracks of diesel trucks and whitetail deer. The horizon endlessly reaches, reaches. Lack of voices signify the sound of these Great Plains as power… Continue reading

Finding the Time

I feel like I’m constantly rushing: Rushing from class to class, meeting to meeting, event to event, gathering to gathering. Rushing through the curriculum, through the benchmarks, through the important lessons to get… Continue reading

A Day In the Life of a Teacher: Real Time

5:45 a.m. It’s far too early to wake up. It’s the time in the year where the sun gets sleepier and sleepier, not wanting to get up, either. 6:15 a.m. Coffee going. Lunch… Continue reading

What Causes Teachers To Get Sassy

Rushing up to the steps to my house, I violently fling the door open. Breathlessly I ask, “Do you know what I don’t get?” My unassuming, loving boyfriend is lounging in the recliner.… Continue reading

Confessions of a First Year Teacher: I Pretend I Have a Kid

Confession: I love dessert. Any dessert. All desserts. Cookies, ice cream, cake, brownies, crumbles, pies…anything with sugar or frosting or both. I have been known to make a pan of brownies and gobble… Continue reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 6/20/16

This week I finally feel like I have started to truly rest after the conclusion of a crazy school year. Yikes! It only took a whole month! I even got out my fountain… Continue reading

Confessions of a First Year Teacher: I Cried & Laughed

The stillness of the room Is palpable. Tick-tock. Ten Minutes left. 600 seconds until They arrive. Soon Their voices, feet, Backpacks will Destroy the silence.   Tuesday, a horrible, horrible day. The classroom… Continue reading

Confessions of a First Year Teacher

One year ago when I was initially hired as a 7th grade Language Arts teacher, I was elated. After spending four years to train and prepare, the time had finally come to put… Continue reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 6/13/16

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog meme. The kidlit version is hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts. Here’s what I’ve recently finished: The Lost Boy by Greg… Continue reading

Top Ten Reasons I Love Reading

I’ve always liked reading, but within the last few years I have grown to love reading. Before bed, in the car, on the couch, even while fishing, I can’t get enough of reading.… Continue reading