TED

I love alliteration, I don’t know why, I always have.  There is something about the way alliteration sounds when spoken aloud that puts a smile on my face.  Throughout my …

Making “The Call”

It was June and class lists were being handed out for the following year.  I immediately scrolled to the bottom and saw JoJo’s name on my list….I was so excited! …

Orthography

Spelling seems to be the buzz word in the air as we move into Spring, it seems everywhere I turn both professionally and personally I am having discussions about spelling …

Building Capacity

It seems like every conversation that surrounds me lately pertains to building capacity within a school or district. When I am engaged in these conversations I can’t help but think …

Work, Life, Balance

Over the past week I had two very dear friends reach out to me informing me they are leaving their profession.  Any ideas what their career was?  You got it….they …

An Inspirational Week

So last week was a tough week for me personally.  I was practicing my hockey skills Sunday afternoon and fell on the ice where I literally lost my front two …

Happy Holidays

Did you know that Monday, December 18th was the most stressful day of the holiday season?(Survey by Groupon) I loved being in the classroom during the holiday season, yes the …

Social Science Standards

Two years ago, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) adopted amendments to the rules governing public schools as well as the Illinois School Code which included new Social Science …