Today hit different than the days before. Why? Well, last week was spring break in my district. I planned to travel, wake up late, and leisurely drink my coffee. I needed the break! But today, today I expected to have twenty-five little stories to catch up on as they streamed into my classroom. Twenty-five hugs … More Today Hits Different
Growing up I was a pretty skeptical and fearful child, which I’d like to chalk up to being a deep thinker who very early thought too hard through cause and effect, but I don’t know that I can. I feared many things from strange noises, certain reptiles, to the dark. But one thing I remember … More Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
From NewsOK “Gov. Mary Fallin, who said she will sign the bill, said she wasn’t sure if a walkout would still happen. “That’ll be up to the teachers, but I hope they can come up here and say ‘thank you’ on Monday and go back to the classrooms,” Fallin said.” Whether or not you have … More Why You’ll See Me at the Capitol
Every time I meet someone new and they ask me, “What do you do for a living?”, I fill with dread. Not because I despise what I do for a living, in fact it is the exact opposite. Every day I get to teach the most incredible young people. But when I answer with, “I … More Oklahoma, We Can Do Better
Because it is December and there are three more days of school left, I am reposting this. One, because I am a little bit lazy/just trying to make it to break. Two, in December all teachers need a encouragement. Dear (New) Teacher, The month of August arrived much faster than we dreamed. For this gal … More A Letter to a (New) Teacher
This weekend my family gathered in one place with a few friends to celebrate my mother’s sixtieth birthday, or what she says is her “30+30 birthday.” Do not hate me, but I myself am not a huge birthday person. I personally do not make a big to do about my own birthday. I don’t know … More Continuing a Legacy
Oklahoma State University celebrates homecoming like no other place I know. The grandiose party they put on for homecoming draws thousands back to the small town so many knew as home. The tradition of what was once called “America’s Greatest Homecoming” runs deep in Stillwater. The week leading up to homecoming includes countless events such … More America’s Greatest Homecoming.
In my apartment I have this shelf that holds all the things I can’t fit into the cabinets. It lives in the closet with our washer and dryer serving as a makeshift pantry. Now when I moved in, this shelf started to wobble more than usual. But alas, I salvaged it with some duct tape … More The Shelf
This week I had a blog written and ready to go by Wednesday, which for me seems rare. But as I watched this weekend play out in Charlottesville, it felt empty to post about something other than my reflections on what occurred in America. So instead I penned this for this week. Know that I … More Enough is enough.
The state of our collective existence is plagued with many major issues, but lately there is one I cannot shake. With the influx of connectedness as a society we seemingly forgot about the importance of humanity. We hide behind screens attempting to persuade each other. Social media and being connected is not a bad thing. … More Listening vs. Arguing