Parenting

Homework & School


Why Must Children be Quiet at School?
3 Meaningful Homework Practices
Son Writing Persuasive Letter
Learning About Greek Mythology via The Lightening Thief
Back to School Organization Tips
Thoughts about Starting Middle School
Presenting about the Common Core to the PTA
Writing with My Sons (& other thoughts about writing)
Arranging for My Son's Class to Skype with a Guest Author
Best and Worst Vocabulary Homework Examples
Wonderwork Replaces Homework
Solar Panels and Other Science Ideas
Why I Support the Common Core 
Why I Won't Make My Son Complete a Word Search Worksheet for Homework
History Day Project 
Entrepreneur Fair 
Field Trip to Mammoth Cave 
Update on Our Homework Conundrum
Volunteering to teach computer coding for Hour of Code week
2 Moms Discuss Moving Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay
As My Oldest Son Starts High School, Here's What I'm Thinking
In Response to Replies I Received About Changing the Public Education System
Social Studies is My Jam


Thinking Beyond the Test

Tips for Surviving Test Prep & Taking Action Against It
Helping Our Kids Be Successful (beyond the test)
Helping my 3rd grader Cope with State Testing
Listening to my 5th grader Connect Video Games and Testing
Students Deserve to Learn More Than What's on the State Test


Family Experiences

Great Texts to Read with Children
Connecting Poetry & Experience on a Trip to Mammoth Cave
My Eleven Year Old Participates in Poem in Your Pocket Day
Enjoying a Dr. Seuss Birthday Card from My Son
Hiking Chimney Rock with My Family (and thinking about Exclamation Points!)
Teaching My Children about the Importance of Voting
Moving to Kentucky with a 2 year old and a 2 1/2 year old
Planning our Washington D.C. Vacation
 Why We Didn't Take Forbidden Pictures at the National Museum of American History
10 Picture Books I Enjoy Reading with My Sons
Remembering September 11th with a Son Who was Born in 2001
My Son's Amazing 5th Grade Teacher
What My 10 Year Old Reminded Me This Christmas
5 Little Trips Our Family Took in 2013
How My Son Taught Me to Appreciate STEM 
Talking with my 13 year old about Algebra & Daniel Tammet's recitation of Pi 
Learning While Vacationing on Amelia Island
Visiting Historic Fort Clinch State Park
13 Year-Old & I Write an Article about Science 
Hiking Upper Fish Creek Falls in Colorado & Learning about the Continental Divide
Touring Wyoming State Territorial Prison, Laramie, WY
My 14 Year Old Son Built a Computer
Parent's view about Accelerated Reader hindering children reading for pleasure



Why I am Returning to Teaching

School starts August 16th and for the first time in nearly 8 years, I will return to school with rosters full of students in classes I...