Author’s Cut: Behind the Writing of Mischief Series

Behind the Scenes Writing Mischief Series  + a special sale!   How a Mischief Series Was Born It seemed like a very good idea. I would quit my day job as a middle school teacher to spend all of my time writing an idea burning in my brain about little mischief-makers in elementary and how they grow forward through middle school. This wasn't an overnight decision—I had been practicing how it would feel to live off one income for a couple years. I have one of those husbands who supports my … [Read More...]

Dear Readers, Thank You

Dear Readers, How Do I Say Thank You? There are still only two, teeny, tiny words that we use to convey even the biggest, most monolithic proportions of gratitude. Thank you. These simple syllables seem so mild in their meaning because of their overuse. Thank you for taking out the garbage. Thank you for picking up the dog doo. Thank you for not closing that door on me, Sir.  However, even for medium-sized appreciation, they are the best that we can do. Oh, thank you, your wedding gift is much … [Read More...]

Why Do Teachers Love Bill and Melinda Gates?

Nobody Knows How to Appreciate Teachers Like Gates Ed Foundation I have just returned from one of the most exceptional conferences I've ever attended where I delivered the closing keynote to nearly 500 educators. My message was meant to inspire new and veteran teachers alike, with a reminder that "for that one kid, you might be the single best part of their day." If you have 15-minutes and 1 hanky, it's worth sharing and bears repeating, "On the path to success, there is always a teacher to … [Read More...]

The Bully Teacher

The Bully Your Child Meets Might Not Be in the Hallways: Recognizing the Bully Teacher. It is sad to say, but bullies do exist in the classroom, and not only peer to peer, but from teacher to student. It does not happen a lot, but I believe it exists on every campus. I have seen the bully teacher in full swing first hand, and I always have the same reaction: tears in my eyes, shame for not being able to do more to make it stop. The first time I saw a child ripped to shreds by a teacher, I was … [Read More...]

Learning Something New Is Hard At Any Age

Need More Empathy For Your Student's Learning? Take This Month To Learn Something Challenging Yourself. It began as my administrator's clever idea to help staff members gain more empathy for students while we would learn what a typical day felt like to them. Several of us in this experiment arrived at school almost giddy that we had substitutes covering our own classes, a little sad for those who wouldn't get to participate in the pushing and shoving through hallways. After checking in at the … [Read More...]