The Invitation

I believe that at unexpected times, an invitation for something very special comes our way. However, we can fail to see the unveiling if we are not careful. This is especially true for us busy teachers rushing around our classrooms.      Recently, I received an invitation from one of my literacy students. This young woman is especially precious to me. She began …

A Tribute to “The Faithful”

The following is a tribute to the caring professionals I have the privilege of  working with and to those in classrooms throughout our nation. They are the unsung heroes who labor with little acknowledgement and modest compensation. These are the faithful teachers asked to spin more gold with less and less straw. If you know a …

Day 20 In Search of my Blogging Identity “The Message”

"I have a gift hidden in heart for you. Fine words carefully selected and crafted into a message…that you might smile again!"           I don't know about you, but I often need a word of encouragement in order to smile again. Significant messages come in different ways, but there are those times when you know …

Real World Creativity

                   Last night, I awakened thinking about my students. Teaching has been rough this year. "In your face" defiance, disruptive behavior, and verbal outbursts occur daily. I understand that many of them suffer from the ill affects of gang violence, foster care, and other challenges; but, knowing this does not make my blood pressure lower. Nevertheless, hopes to provide artistic opportunities found me …

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