What I Miss Most

I have been asked if it was a sacrifice to leave the classroom.  It was and it wasn't. You see, leaving the classroom to work in the library was an easy decision.  I begged a little for it and worked a little for it and couldn't be happier with my choice.  I love the books.  … Continue reading What I Miss Most

What Tests Tell

We just wrapped up state testing here - Because I am a certified teacher, I had to administer make up exams and finish up with those students who needed extra time.  (In Alaska state tests are not timed.) I had to sign pages and pages of testing agreements.  Promising to observe all the rules.  I … Continue reading What Tests Tell

To Trekkie or Not to Trekkie

My mind swirled with the prompt today.  Exceptional. So many things popped in my head, but one kept surfacing and resurfacing and that is the many exceptional teachers I have worked with over the years. And of those exceptional teachers, one kept floating to the top. Celia E. You see, I was a new, brand … Continue reading To Trekkie or Not to Trekkie

Overcoming Story Time

I am going to come right out and say it.  Kindergarteners scare me.  My entire teaching career was spent in middle school, sixth grade.  Now I find myself in the library at an elementary school.  I teach library once a week to all the classes, kindergarten through sixth grade. Most the grades levels are a … Continue reading Overcoming Story Time

Day One

Day one.  The buses are pulling out of the parking lot, I turn off the lights, lock my door and stagger out to the car.  I call my husband and uttered, "Pizza.  Pizza and wine."  Once home, my head hits the couch and I fall asleep. But in spite of how exhausting it is, I … Continue reading Day One

Getting an “A”

It was the day before the end of a school quarter when we learned that Laura had not turned in a major school project.  Apparently, it was a "partner project" and, Lucky Laura, her partner was a flake. Laura does not like confrontation, but we stood beside her while she called her partner.  As we … Continue reading Getting an “A”

My Corner of the World

My daughter Laura, who lives in the south has been hit with thunderstorms and rain all summer.  Last night a Category 4 hurricane hit land not far from where she lives.  By comparison, my daughters, Sarah and Gracie, live in the Pacific Northwest and they are experiencing a record breaking number of days without rain, … Continue reading My Corner of the World

Playing Santa

It was almost Christmas break.  The kids were excited, the teachers were excited, heck, even the parents were excited.  Today we would have our class parties, do our little gift exchanges then say goodbye for the next two weeks.  Two weeks that we could relax and enjoy our families.  Two weeks of holiday parties, friends … Continue reading Playing Santa