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sols: what to write

Slice of Life hosted at the  Two Writing Teachers

During the summer months, it would seem life would slow down and I would be tapping the keyboard for some inspiration.

Not true.

Life in the summer with active three year olds, and as a teacher that never wants to stop learning and reading, is FULL of stories.

So, for this slice, I could write . . .

*about the frustrating "nap time" that ended in no nap (and a bit of destruction in the bedroom when I left them for quiet time) yesterday with my three year old daughters.

*a letter to my girls about how much I love and adore them even when I'm angry or frustrated. (And then I read THISand I am enough.)

*about learning how to balance being a mom and trying to still take care of ME

*about how I spend my time throughout the day and wonder how I can re-prioritize time first for God and myself.  (Thanks Pastor Tyler for the suggestion to just break the snooze button and just get up!)

*about learning from my three year olds on how …

sols: celebrate

Slice of Life hosted at the  Two Writing Teachers


It's been almost two weeks.

Looking back, I can say it was pretty easy.  They were ready.

But I can't take all the credit.  "They" say not to rush or force the issue.

It started on the one day the girls went to school two weeks ago.  They were ready.

"Three other girls were starting, so I included your two girls.  Have you started at home?"

"Um, well, no. We've been busy traveling and lots of things going on and . . . "

My excuses poured out.  Are they ready now?

The next day we started.  It was the push I needed - fearing only the worst.

And we haven't looked back!

We talked about listening to our bodies.  Now they tell me when they are ready.

I can't believe I can say this:  My three year olds are potty trained!  (Almost) no more diapers.

They still need help and our schedule has changed.

Everything takes longer:  Before we leave:  Let's go to the bathroom and wash hands.

Arrive…

#cyberPD Part 3: Who Owns the Learning?

This summer I am participating in the #cyberPD conversations about the book by Alan Novembertitled Who Owns The Learning? Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age.
As always, thanks for taking the time to read and share YOUR voice!
You can visit the conversations this week:

Chapters 5 & 6 at Laura's blog: Ruminate and InvigorateA compilation of all the #cyberPD posts at Jog the Web: Who Owns the Learning? #cyberPD 2013More sharing on the#cyberPD2013Pinterest board
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"I think the process of education is collaboration. The idea of school should be collaboration and communication with people that are different from you and see the world with different eyesAlan November quoting Garth Holman (p.87)

My Thoughts and Reflections
Can I be honest with you?  I'm am SO relieved that the last two chapters were a "lighter" read.  Still full of great ideas and examples of incorporating digital learning into our classrooms, but my hea…

sols: new book love

Slice of Life hosted at the  Two Writing Teachers
** Sorry if you visited earlier and received an error message.  Apparently it is NOT a good idea to leave out any devices with open windows when curious three year olds like to press buttons on EVERYTHING! Yes, this post was deleted . . . with no one to blame but myself!  (Grr...) But with some patience and res

#cyberPD Part 2: Who Owns The Learning?

This summer I am participating in the #cyberPD conversations about the book by Alan Novembertitled Who Owns The Learning? Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age.
Whew!  After reading these two chapters, I didn't think I would have much to say.  Was I ever wrong!  Thanks for taking the time to read and share YOUR voice!
You can visit the conversations this week about Chapters 3 & 4 at Jill's blog:  My Primary Passionor a compilation of all the #cyberPD posts at Jog the Web: Who Owns the Learning? #cyberPD 2013
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"As long as you're asking what's next, you'll get there.  
But never be content with where you're at Alan November quoting Darren Kuropatwa (p.47).

My Thoughts and Reflections As I read chapter 3: The Student as Scribe, I shook my head in agreement and furiously scribbled notes in my book of the possibilities.   
I can do something with this.  I know I can.
Now, as a reading specialist meeting with small …

sols: ten years

Slice of Life hosted at the  Two Writing Teachers


On July 12th, my husband and I will celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary.  It's quite amazing to think that it seems like just yesterday, yet so much has happened since the day we married.  And to only think, it's really still the beginning . . . with so many years of ups and downs to come!


it seems like just a year ago
we walked down the aisle
a picture perfect day
to celebrate our love

my best friend
the one I trust the most
makes me laugh and
reminds me what is important

every day isn't easy
there are disagreements
quiet and conversations
but we always work it out

you listen you care
you protect you love
you hold you snuggle
you are my rock

to celebrate our love
on a picture perfect day
we walked down the aisle
ten years ago

#cyberPD Part 1: Who Owns The Learning?

Another opportunity to learn right beside you (Cathy) and you (Laura) and you (Jill) and YOU (Yes, YOU!)?  I'm in!

This summer I am participating (again) in the #cyberPD conversations about the book by Alan Novembertitled Who Owns The Learning? Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age.

Reading any PD book grows my thinking and gets me wondering about the implications in my school and more specifically, in my resource classroom.  This title was not in my original #cyberPD summer book stack, but I wasn't about to miss out on the conversations and learning.  Opening up the conversation to educators across the globe, exponentiallye x p a n d s  my thinking and learning.  Because YOU just might:
Pick a phrase from the book that I missed and share your thoughts.  Ask a really good deep question that makes me ponder.  Share your insights to your understanding and the implications in your classroom. ...and all of your great thinking pushes my thinking.  Let the learning begi…

sols: connect

Slice of Life hosted at the  Two Writing Teachers


My Mom, my girls, and I took a little road trip during our vacation --

Two hours in the car through the hills and valleys of Arkansas over the state line into Missouri.  We landed ourselves in Branson -- the "Puts the show in show me state" town.  All sorts of attractions to see and places to go, but we were there for only one reason.  (Well, actually, two -- the first stop was at the winery.)

The other attraction was to meet with the ONE, the ONLY, real-life slicer and comment extraordinaire ... elsie!

Yes, Elsie in real life!

(I know some of you recently connected with her and many others are wishing it was you!)

I wasn't nervous about meeting Elsie because one knows through her stories, her words, and her comments that she is quite possibly the sweetest person on earth.  She knows how to connect with slicers.

My mom spotted her first.  Elsie was carrying two little baskets filled with goodies for my girls.  What a sweet…