9 Books in 6 Weeks

I’ve dabbled in Genius Hour as part of my Language Arts class for a few years now. It always looks a little different each year, but one thing that remains the same is that I always do a Genius Hour project along with my students each time. Why ask them to pursue independent learning if... Continue Reading →

A Year of Reading

In the town we lived in when my kids were born, our local library had a "1000 Books by Kindergarten!" program. Kids who reached this achievement won their names on the wall, a free book, and even a stuffed animal, I think. I'm not really sure, because I never signed my kids up for it.... Continue Reading →

Vulnerability and Risk in Teaching

Do you want to know something weird? One-on-one meetings with students intimidate me. In the past, the only one-on-one conferences with students I've done were forced upon me (such as when I taught for The Princeton Review, who didn't allow for teacher autonomy in their curriculum). Ironically, now that I think about it, I actually... Continue Reading →

Book Therapy

I recently discovered the podcast "What Should I Read Next", hosted by Anne Bogel, and at 300 episodes, I have no idea why I'm just now finding it. While I enjoy listening and constantly adding to my "to read" list, I'm also fascinated by the format. Anne asks each guest to name their top three... Continue Reading →

A Lazy Genius Teacher

Some of my favorite "teacher-y" books As an avid reader, teacher, and input-seeker, I've thoroughly deep-dived the popular authors in this world of innovative education. Titles like The Innovator's Mindset by George Couros, Learner Centered Innovation by Katie Martin, Ditch That Homework by Matt Miller, and Pure Genius by Don Wettrick line my bookshelves --... Continue Reading →

A Contrast in Attitudes

Through circumstances that can only be considered coincidence, I've found myself reading a lot about the educational situation in Pakistan lately.  OK, I've read two books related to the topic, which isn't a lot, but enough to get me thinking - especially since I never really set out to learn about it in the first... Continue Reading →

They Grow Up So Fast! …or do they?

I've been reading again, this time following the suggestion of one of my blog readers.  She mentioned a book entitled Escaping the Endless Adolescence by Joseph Allen and Claudia Worrell Allen, and I couldn't ignore the similarities of the title to my blog name.  Obviously, I had to read it.  I checked out a copy... Continue Reading →

StrengthsFinder Closing Thoughts

On Sept. 12th I wrote my first post on the book StrengthsFinder 2.0, and something must have resonated with my readers, because that post was worked its way into my top five most "liked" posts.  I hope it's because my readers agree - the education field needs to focus on teen strengths, not just teen... Continue Reading →

StrengthsFinder Theme #5: Woo

Ok, dear readers, here is my commentary on my final StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment theme.  I'm not sure why it took me so long to write this one.  Maybe it's because I wanted to write about other things.  Maybe it's because life got so busy with subbing and then moving.  Or maybe it's because I took... Continue Reading →

StrengthsFinder Theme #4: Harmony

People who are especially talented in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement. This is probably the theme that surprised me the most when it first came up in my StrengthsFinder Assessment results.  I don't go looking for conflict, but I don't shy away from it, either.... Continue Reading →

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑