Question of the Day: “What song makes you cry?”

Jonah and I were driving around today. Cole needed a ride to his girlfriend’s house, and we needed bread. As we drove home, “Black Birds” by the Beatles came on the radio. ”Oh, my god, I love this song,” he said as he raised his arms in the air. ”Really?” I asked as I turned…

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Question of the Day: “What is the hardest part of teaching for me?”

I’ve talked about this before, so please be patient with me if you are tired of my ramblings about teaching, but I think I’ve figured out why it has been so difficult. It’s an epiphany really. It all started when I read this article for my grad class. Currently, I’m working on my doctorate in…

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Question of the Day: “Why do I love Emily in Paris so much?”

Netflix has a lot of great programs, but there is one I just recently started: Emily in Paris. Written and produced by Darren Star, it centers around a young, female protagonist who takes a job in Paris as the social media director at a marketing firm. You may recognize Darren Star’s name. He wrote and…

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Teaching #101: Teaching is hard…

Yeah, I know. A lot of things are hard. Look, I am a product of the 90s. This was the Grunge Era; the time to learn that Global Warming was killing the planet, and AIDS was affecting everyone. My school set three entire school days aside to teach us about AIDS. That’s how intense it…

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Question of the Day: “Is it okay for my son to attribute things to the Universe?”

For many years, I have talked about the power of “The Universe”. It is one of my core beliefs. I do believe, as Gabby Bernstein would say, the Universe has my back. I have taught my children the same thing. One son thinks I am crazy. “Seriously, Mom, I don’t know why you are always…

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Question of the Day: “Is it okay if I am not Wonder Woman?”

Many years ago, my husband bought me a key chain with the WonderWoman logo on it. I have always loved Wonder Woman. I wore her underoos as a kid. The most recent movies are good, but my heart will always be with Lynda Carter and the series from the 70s. I fell in love with…

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Question of the Day: “Why am I so excited to start the school year?”

If you read my blog for the last two years, you will know I have contemplated leaving teaching. You would have read all about how miserable I have been and how hard it has been. These last two years took a tremendous toll. It was not just me. There is now a considerable teacher shortage…

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Question of the Day: “What does it feel like when I do a reading of a person who is in denial?”

The people I read always give me permission to read them. Most of the time, they are not sure what to expect. Almost all of them end up crying. I often end up crying. Sadness is such a powerful emotion, and many people go out of their way to not feel their sadness. They bury…

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Teaching #101: Teaching Reading Strategies in the Content Areas

Despite what many content area teachers believe, it is really important to teach reading strategies in their content area. Sixty percent of US high school students are performing “basic” or “below basic” on standardized state tests. This is unacceptable, but it is nothing new. US students have been scoring this low in reading for years.…

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Question of the Day: “What do I want my boys to remember when they get older?”

As I straightened up the kitchen this morning, I started singing Cat Steven’s Father and Son song. It’s such a beautiful song from a son to his father. Though sad, it’s message is clear: the son has learned much from his father, but he feels his father doesn’t understand him. He feels like his father…

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