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To Be Part of the Song

Today I read an essay about a monk in a monastery, who, when asked why he was a monk, said, [...]
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Elf On The Shelf: I Did Not See That Coming

Do a quick Pinterest search for the Elf on the Shelf, and you’ll find headlines like these: 75 easy ideas [...]
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There’s Always One

I have a collection of letters from recent fourth graders, full of advice and well wishes for a new school [...]
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This Mom, Other Moms, Shining Stars and State Testing

“Mom, can you opt us out of the state testing?” “Why?” “Because some other moms are doing that.” “Maybe they [...]
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That’s Not Everything About Her

We had just introduced ourselves, this group of people who would share the day together.  They’re somewhere in between learning [...]
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Names I Can’t Say Yet

I have students whose names I cannot pronounce yet. I’ve never learned how to read these collections of letters. When [...]
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Once A Teacher, Always a Teacher.

It’s been seventeen years since I was in the classroom. A few things have changed. The shoes I’m willing to [...]
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The Champions of December: A Love Note to the Teachers

Let’s talk about who’s really killing it during the month of December: The Teachers. They’re planning units that are the [...]
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A Word to Graduates

Middle School is officially in the rearview mirror.  Everybody finished, everybody survived, and I don’t just mean the eighth graders. [...]
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School is In Session

I took my children to school today. It felt gloriously normal, like muscles that have ached to be stretched. It’s [...]
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Social Studies

Front Lines and Finish Lines

This is the final week of distance learning, a household term that nobody knew three months ago. This week, we [...]
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So Much “Leisure Time”

Back when I was navigating the long days with little people, some researchers endeared themselves to me with a released [...]
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The Sadness is Real: An Open Letter to the Teachers

“What’s keeping you awake at night?” A friend of mine asks this question when she wants to get the to [...]
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The Stages of The Carpool Lane, and also I Wrote a New Book

The carpool lane might be one of the world’s best arguments for homeschooling.  If there’s one thing that most consistently [...]
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Middle-School-Cafeteria Confidence

Well, I’m about to be a Middle School Parent. We went to the Parents’ Information Night this week, to dip [...]
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It’S Time To Leave

The Tiniest Speck of the Strangest Something

The very strangest thing happened this morning. My sweet Aunt Janet is in town, and she asked about the next [...]
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Plaids, Solids, Fedoras, and Handsome

Somewhere along the way, likely within the last few weeks, we entered a new era at my house.  This new [...]
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How To Love Your Child’s Teacher

Among the ranks of elementary teachers, it’s pretty safe to say: once a teacher, always a teacher. I taught third [...]
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