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Scars #KidsDeserveIt

  “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” I have never understood the value in that simple statement.  I have heard it my entire life though, as I’m sure many of you have.  But if there’s one thing I’m…

Counting Down #KidsDeserveIt

This post was co-written with Roman Nowak. On social media, so often we see posts of countdowns to the weekend, Christmas, Spring Break, summer; it is usually accompanied by elation and celebration. As students and educators, we often can’t wait until there is a break from…

Speaking Louder Than Words #KidsDeserveIt

Over the past year or so I’ve really been thinking about the messages we send.  Those things we do that speak louder than the words that are coming out of our mouths. Back in January of 2016, I wrote a post called “My Journey: Race,…

Blank Pages #KidsDeserveIt

“When we spill our emotions onto blank pages, we can see, through words, the problems that plague us. It is a unique way of healing”  Travis Crowder     Writing, and blogging specifically, have been such a great release for me. I still remember when…

Ask Me #KidsDeserveIt

The closer we get to Spring it seems like the shorter our fuses get and the more rambunctious and misbehaving our kids become. As a classroom teacher I loved having “those kids”.  The ones that the teacher from the year before would warn you about….