Question of the Day: “Why does teaching feel like drowning?”

Everyday feels the same with the constant potential to be vastly different. Hybrid, virtual, sudden lockdown, sudden dismissal due to bomb threat or fast moving snow storm. COVID sick, COVID cancelled…yes, the one in my fourth desk, third row, no, I’m not sure if it was more than 15 minutes. He couldn’t find the screen…

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Question of the Day: “What do YOU do when you lead a horse to water and he won’t drink?”

We have all either heard or used this old proverb at some point. Its origin (according to http://www.knowyourphrase.com) is as early as 1175. It appeared in a book called Old English Homilies. Regardless of its origin story, it means that you can set up the circumstances for someone to do something that is beneficial for…

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Question of the Day: “Why should I tell the truth?”

The truth is so tricky. I have said before and I will write it here again…we lie to control how others feel about us. The last six years I have vowed to tell the truth. No big lies to protect myself. No white lies so others felt better. So why did I tell a lie…

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Question of the Day: “Why do I believe in past lives?”

When I was very young, I started investigating past lives. It was as early as fourth grade. I am an avid reader, and when I was younger and had more time, I read everything I could get my hands on. This included stories about past lives. I read about the boy in England who described…

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Question of the Day: “What did I learn from the Greasers & the Socs?”

The Outsiders was written by SE Hinton during the tumultuous times of the 1960s. The backdrop is a small southern town, much like the one SE Hinton grew up in, and two rival teen gangs fight for dominance. The two gangs are separated by economics. The Greasers are economically disadvantaged and the Socs are financially…

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Question of the Day: “Why should you read David & Goliath?”

Malcolm Gladwell has written a ton of amazing books. One of my personal favorites is Outliers. This was the first book I read by Gladwell, but it certainly was not the last. For those of you who are not familiar with Gladwell, he is a researcher who poses interesting questions about life and society, and…

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Question of the Day: “How to spend a snow day?”

It’s snowing. It is supposed to snow all night and all day tomorrow. We are told this Nor’Easter is moving across our area for the next two days. COVID has changed the magic of a snow day, but it did not corrupt the beauty of it. Snow’s amazing ability to cover everything in a thick…

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Question of the Day: “How did I have the BEST conversation with my Teen?”

Talking to teens is tough, but it is not impossible. I know this because I’ve been teaching teens for 20 years and now I have a teen living in my house. Teens are many things. They can be unreasonable, uncommunicative and trying, but they can also be sensitive, struggling, and thoughtful. The real problem with…

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Question of the Day: “How do I instill good learning behaviors?”

Education has been so complicated. As a teacher, I struggle every day to address my students’ multiple needs. As a parent, I struggle to help my sons keep their heads above water. If you are a parent whose children are able to complete tasks independently and need no additional assistance from an adult to complete…

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