Welcome to The Blog

Here on this site, my goal is to build a community of educators who want to be a part of the SOLUTION.  Educators who are in the trenches and desire to encourage and lift one another up to face the day to day challenges of educating our children.  I do not shy away from the truth here, but I do not sling mud either.  There is enough of that elsewhere.  Here I want to be a positive force for change, while offering hope to those who are tired and worn down by the system.  Topics will range from the practical to the theoretical. I encourage comments and interaction that will generate deeper thinking and innovative ideas for making schools better places.  However, I am not limited to just public school teachers, but welcome private school teachers and homeschoolers as well.  I want to give you a voice.  

All are welcome here.  It is a safe place for honest discussion or just to sit back and read encouragements from others. I discourage haters and trolls, and reserve the right to remove comments that are not constructive to my goal to solve problems, not make them worse.  We all know the ick that is so prevalent, there is no need to create more of it!

I’d love to hear your stories and encourage you to tell them.  I want to hear your ideas as well.  I believe the solutions in education will come from those closest to the problems.  You have a unique viewpoint on what is best for kids and I want to LISTEN.  I want to HEAR.  I want to share ideas and collaborate.  This blog is for you.

Topics will be presented here regularly.  You are welcome to post your comments and thoughts related to the article, in fact you are encouraged to do so.  Let’s find some solutions together!

How to Tell it is a New School Year

How to Tell it is a New School Year

August 14, 2017

 Tidbits for Teachers are regular SHORT inspirations and tips to bring hope and encouragement to teachers in all settings. I hope to give you a shot in the arm and remind you why you chose this career in the first place. How to Tell it is a New School Year You know it’s the beginning … Read More

11 Things Your Child’s Teacher Will Not Tell You

11 Things Your Child’s Teacher Will Not Tell You

August 2, 2017

Pointers for Parents are regular inspirations to bring hope and encouragement to parents. I hope to build a bridge between parents and teachers as it pertains to the education of children and how we can work together for the betterment of our kids. 11 Things Your Child's Teacher Won't Tell You Gearing up for the … Read More

Survival

Survival

May 11, 2017

 Tidbits for Teachers are regular SHORT inspirations and tips to bring hope and encouragement to teachers in all settings. I hope to give you a shot in the arm and remind you why you chose this career in the first place. How to survive the last two weeks of school: Smile and nod. Take deep … Read More

6 Gift Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week

6 Gift Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week

May 4, 2017

Pointers for Parents are regular SHORT inspirations to bring hope and encouragement to parents. I hope to build a bridge between parents and teachers as it pertains to the education of children and how we can work together for the betterment of our kids. 6 Gift Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week Teachers do not do … Read More

Testing Week

Testing Week

April 20, 2017

This post is a combination of my two regular series Pointers and Tidbits in celebration of testing week. Pointers for Parents and Tidbits for Teachers are regular SHORT inspirations to bring hope and encouragement as we set about educating our children. Testing Week It is testing time.  The week we have all been dreading all … Read More

Spring Break

Spring Break

March 30, 2017

Pointers for Parents are regular SHORT inspirations to bring hope and encouragement to parents. I hope to build a bridge between parents and teachers as it pertains to the education of children and how we can work together for the betterment of our kids. Spring Break.  Those two words just have a lilt to them, … Read More

Close Your Door and Teach

Close Your Door and Teach

March 3, 2017

 Tidbits for Teachers are regular SHORT inspirations and tips to bring hope and encouragement to teachers in all settings. I hope to give you a shot in the arm and remind you why you chose this career in the first place. Close Your Door and Teach   Teachers have many jobs beyond teaching, and supposedly … Read More

Teaching Respect

Teaching Respect

February 20, 2017

Pointers for Parents are regular SHORT inspirations to bring hope and encouragement to parents. I hope to build a bridge between parents and teachers as it pertains to the education of children and how we can work together for the betterment of our kids. Respect seems to have gone the way of the dinosaur in … Read More

Don’t Forget Who You Are

Don’t Forget Who You Are

February 12, 2017

 Tidbits for Teachers are regular SHORT inspirations and tips to bring hope and encouragement to teachers in all settings. I hope to give you a shot in the arm and remind you why you chose this career in the first place. Don't Forget Who You Are Are you bogged down yet?  Are the looming test … Read More

Winter Blahs

Winter Blahs

January 26, 2017

Pointers for Parents are regular SHORT inspirations to bring hope and encouragement to parents. I hope to build a bridge between parents and teachers as it pertains to the education of children and how we can work together for the betterment of our kids. A new year is a new start.  It is true for … Read More

A Gift

A Gift

December 16, 2016

Introducing – Tidbits for Teachers are regular SHORT inspirations and tips to bring hope and encouragement to teachers in all settings. I hope to give you a shot in the arm and remind you why you chose this career in the first place. A Gift The parties are over.  As you wade through the crumpled … Read More

Common Core

Common Core

December 4, 2016

Pointers for Parents are regular SHORT inspirations to bring hope and encouragement to parents. I hope to build a bridge between parents and teachers as it pertains to the education of children and how we can work together for the betterment of our kids. Common Core They’ve been around for a while now…the Common Core … Read More

Holiday School

Holiday School

November 28, 2016

Pointers for Parents are regular SHORT inspirations to bring hope and encouragement to parents. I hope to build a bridge between parents and teachers as it pertains to the education of children and how we can work together for the betterment of our kids. When the holidays roll around each year, you can hear the … Read More

Surviving Christmas

Surviving Christmas

November 28, 2016

Introducing – Tidbits for Teachers are regular SHORT inspirations and tips to bring hope and encouragement to teachers in all settings. I hope to give you a shot in the arm and remind you why you chose this career in the first place. Surviving Christmas During holidays students are wound tighter than usual.  The anticipation … Read More

8 Ways That Slow and Steady Wins the Race

8 Ways That Slow and Steady Wins the Race

November 10, 2016

Pointers for Parents are regular SHORT inspirations to bring hope and encouragement to parents. I hope to build a bridge between parents and teachers as it pertains to the education of children and how we can work together for the betterment of our kids. Slow and steady wins the race.  We have all heard that … Read More

Historic Events

Historic Events

November 10, 2016

Introducing – Tidbits for Teachers are regular SHORT inspirations and tips to bring hope and encouragement to teachers in all settings. I hope to give you a shot in the arm and remind you why you chose this career in the first place. Historic Events On the heels of a historic event, life goes on.  … Read More

Working With the Littles

Working With the Littles

October 17, 2016

Working With the Littles I started working with kids when I was in high school.  In fact, one of my first jobs was working with preschoolers at Kindercare.  Later on, armed with my degree and my extensive experience as a 20-year-old, I took on a first grade classroom.  That was before I moved on to … Read More

A Prayer

A Prayer

October 17, 2016

A Prayer Father God, I come to you on behalf of the educators, parents, and students that are beginning another school year.  I bring them to you and lift them up.  Please impart your wisdom.  Calm the jitters that come with every new year.  Give the teachers creativity to teach lessons in ways that sink … Read More

New Endeavors

New Endeavors

October 17, 2016

New Endeavors Life is full of surprises.  For example, I never imagined I would have the words business owner next to my name at age 52.  Michelle Gunnin B.S., M.A., and Business Owner. Say what?   Instead of winding down towards retirement, I am gearing up to build something new.  Taking on challenges is something I … Read More

Entertaining Strangers

Entertaining Strangers

October 17, 2016

Tidbits for Teachers are regular SHORT inspirations and tips to bring hope and encouragement to teachers in all settings. I hope to give you a shot in the arm and remind you why you chose this career in the first place. Entertaining Strangers Hospitality is not something I typically associate with teachers…not in the sense … Read More

I Am an Addict

I Am an Addict

October 17, 2016

I Am an Addict I have an addiction to school supplies.  Crayons, glue, paper, folders, scissors, markers…even index cards…I have a collection of all colors from neon to pastel. Don’t even get me started on the containers in which to put all my newly acquired materials.  Let’s just say I should own stock in The … Read More

Tidbits for Teachers

Tidbits for Teachers

October 17, 2016

Introducing – Tidbits for Teachers are regular SHORT inspirations and tips to bring hope and encouragement to teachers in all settings. I hope to give you a shot in the arm and remind you why you chose this career in the first place. Tidbits for Teachers Pre-planning.  The time of year for meetings, trainings, and … Read More

Lemonade

Lemonade

October 17, 2016

Lemonade We have all heard the saying, ‘When life gives you lemons…make lemonade’ and we know that it is easier said than done.  We also know that it CAN be done. In the spring, my teaching partner Mary and I were taken by surprise when we were told we would no longer be needed in … Read More

Lifelong Learners

Lifelong Learners

October 17, 2016

Lifelong Learners On my summers off from school I find myself in different relaxing places…the beach, or hiking through some forest, or visiting family.  In the midst of my “downtime” I am struck with how exhausted I truly am from the previous school year.  The rejuvenation is much needed, in fact, usually it takes a … Read More

A Shot in the Arm

A Shot in the Arm

October 17, 2016

A Shot in the Arm Moving a classroom is a lot like moving a house. There are boxes and boxes of stuff and you always wonder where it all came from. I cringe at the amount of money I have spent on teaching supplies. How did I get so much? I regularly purge and I … Read More

Us vs. Them

Us vs. Them

October 17, 2016

Us vs. Them I think in education we have divided ourselves into two groups. Us vs. Them.  Us being the teachers and Them being everyone else including politicians and all levels of administration.  Each group has their own point of view.  Each group is determined that theirs  is the correct way to look at things.  … Read More

A Good Point

A Good Point

October 17, 2016

A Good Point As a writer, I love to connect with my readers.  I love to hear your thoughts and have conversations about how my words impact you.  I like it when you share these things with me, and give me additional ideas to ponder. My latest series on education, and my resignation from it, … Read More

The Divorce is Final

The Divorce is Final

October 17, 2016

The Divorce is Final Careers are like marriages, and after 20 years of pouring my heart and soul into this relationship, it is over.  Just like that. Education has abandoned me, and my love has grown cold. I have to admit I saw it coming.  I wanted to ignore all the signs, but trouble has … Read More

Grassroots

Grassroots

October 17, 2016

Grassroots I think teachers are so bogged down in the day to day responsibilities of educating our children that we have missed an important point.  A vital reality.  Maybe it is the sheer number of tasks on our plate which seem to be ever increasing, or maybe we are just unaware…either way the truth is … Read More

My Last “Last Day”

My Last “Last Day”

October 17, 2016

My Last "Last Day" The last day of school is always a mix of emotions for me. Mainly I feel relief that I survived another year, as well as a sense of mission accomplished. But as those buses pull out each year, and I am standing at the edge of the bus circle waving with … Read More

The Tipping Point

The Tipping Point

October 17, 2016

The Tipping Point I have always been inspired by kids. From the time I was 16 and working at Kindercare, I have loved young children. They see things with innocent eyes, and that is refreshing to me. Their perspectives, their enthusiasm, their curiosity…all of it, just makes it a pleasure to be with them. I … Read More

Why?

Why?

October 17, 2016

Why? I have been stopped around town the past week or so by numerous people who have asked me why I resigned my job. What I felt was a pretty simple answer is actually more complicated to explain than I originally thought.   The best way for me to describe it is to use a model … Read More

Goodbye

Goodbye

October 17, 2016

Goodbye To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week I have decided to appreciate myself by resigning from my job as a teacher. Let me tell you why… I believe education is all about the children. There are many complex factors that come in to that picture, but ultimately the children should be the focus. If education were … Read More

Testing Tips

Testing Tips

October 17, 2016

Testing Tips Tips for testing… Get out of bed Yes. You have to. Coffee More coffee Deep breaths SERIOUS prayer time Wear your lucky shirt and socks and underwear Hold your head up high Look confident Hope that you pull it off Don’t let them see you sweat Prepare for the test Give blood, and … Read More

Dear Teachers

Dear Teachers

October 17, 2016

Dear Teachers Dear Teachers, I know it is testing time. If you are not in the midst of it now, you will be soon. I wanted to take a moment of your precious time to tell you that I see you. I mean, being a teacher myself I think I can say I “get it,” … Read More

Milestones

Milestones

October 17, 2016

Milestones I recently witnessed a startling phenomenon. A little background first. A woman with a child, a baby really, sitting talking baby babble. I used to do that with my own and so I know the age of the child is somewhere between 6 months and a year. It always amazes me how moms intuitively … Read More

Word of the Day

Word of the Day

October 17, 2016

Word of the Day I have been teaching kids to read for nearly 20 years. It is my love to see understanding light up their little faces. It is my joy to watch their eyes shine with recognition of newly acquired words. As part of this passion of mine, I get to teach Greek and … Read More

Last Day of School

Last Day of School

October 17, 2016

Last Day of School We have a tradition at my school. On the last day, after the buses are loaded, we all meet at the end of the bus circle and wait. When they pull out, as every single bus goes by, we wave and cheer. I swear the buses are all leaning to one … Read More

Children Are NOT Widgets

Children Are NOT Widgets

October 17, 2016

Children Are NOT Widgets Making widgets is a complicated business. The environment has to be just so. The machines and technology must work properly. Those on the line must do their jobs with precision. Quality control must check and recheck each product to assure all are up to standard. If one wire isn’t attached correctly … Read More

First Day

First Day

October 17, 2016

First Day They come with eager faces, and new clothes. They come with nervous almost-teary eyes, and shiny full backpacks. They come with smiles and hugs for their friends. The floors shine like mirrors. The paint is fresh, the rooms are colorful with new paper and themed posters. Teachers look rested after a long summer … Read More

Lessons Taught by Blue Birds

Lessons Taught by Blue Birds

October 17, 2016

Lessons Taught by Blue Birds To remind us that teaching is about far more that testing…. There is a blue bird house outside our classroom window. A favorite pastime has been watching the continuous activity around it in the spring each year. The male is the first to appear, checking out the place to see … Read More

My Friend Mildred

My Friend Mildred

October 17, 2016

My Friend Mildred I first met my 93 year-old friend Mildred nearly a decade ago when she answered an ad in the paper I had placed for help with a project for my students. We became fast friends as she cultivated a love of poetry in my students. Before I knew it she had uncovered … Read More

True Heroes

True Heroes

October 17, 2016

True Heroes With any disaster there are stories of heroes that emerge. I have noticed in the past couple of disasters a new group that has emerged for performing courageous actions. They are the teachers. It may be surprising to some, but repeatedly we hear of teachers standing between their students and life threatening circumstances…literally … Read More

An Inspirational Moment

An Inspirational Moment

October 17, 2016

An Inspirational Moment You know those inspirational moments? The ones where you are just moving through life, and suddenly something happens which makes time stand still? Something which you know will be remembered amidst the ordinary days as a stand out? I had one of those on Friday. A few weeks ago we had a … Read More

How to Build Emotional Intelligence in Your Child

How to Build Emotional Intelligence in Your Child

October 16, 2016

Pointers for Parents are regular SHORT inspirations to bring hope and encouragement to parents. I hope to build a bridge between parents and teachers as it pertains to the education of children and how we can work together for the betterment of our kids. How to Build Emotional Intelligence in Your Child Most of us … Read More

Conference Days

Conference Days

October 11, 2016

Tidbits for Teachers are regular SHORT inspirations and tips to bring hope and encouragement to teachers  in all settings. I hope to give you a shot in the arm and remind you why you chose this career in the first place. Conference Days Conference days are long and full of stress.  A balancing act between telling … Read More

How to Build Self-Confidence in Kids

How to Build Self-Confidence in Kids

October 5, 2016

Pointers for Parents are regular SHORT inspirations to bring hope and encouragement to parents. I hope to build a bridge between parents and teachers as it pertains to the education of children and how we can work together for the betterment of our kids. How to Build Self-Confidence in Kids I have been hearing lately … Read More

Be the Salt

Be the Salt

September 30, 2016

Tidbits for Teachers are regular SHORT inspirations and tips to bring hope and encouragement to teachers in all settings. I hope to give you a shot in the arm and remind you why you chose this career in the first place. Be the Salt Are you bored yet?  The weeks between Labor Day and Thanksgiving … Read More

Dealing with Report Cards

Dealing with Report Cards

September 30, 2016

Pointers for Parents are regular SHORT inspirations to bring hope and encouragement to parents. I hope to build a bridge between parents and teachers as it pertains to the education of children and how we can work together for the betterment of our kids. Let Them Fail Just the thought of report cards causes the … Read More

Seasons Change

Seasons Change

September 30, 2016

Tidbits for Teachers are regular SHORT inspirations and tips to bring hope and encouragement to teachers in all settings. I hope to give you a shot in the arm and remind you why you chose this career in the first place. Seasons Change The light has changed.  It is soft and golden.  It shimmers down … Read More

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