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#Teacherlife–Child Care Sickness

Experiencing life through the lens of a parent has really convicted, challenged, and rerouted me as an educator. Striving to address the needs of the whole child is so different to me now than in my previous 17 years of teaching. I marvel at how my mindset has shifted in Read more…


#Teacherlife–Child Care–Day 1

As I entered the building to hand over the most precious thing in my life to nearly complete strangers, a part of me died. I know change is hard, but I just don’t know how to describe transitions like these. This one was especially difficult, I think, because it was Read more…


Some Assembly Required

Look what came in the mail today! Now, how do you put it together? Be honest. When was the last time you actually read the neatly-folded, paper instructions to assemble something? In Google IT, I couldn’t recall the last time I had held a paper map. But I do remember Read more…


Love for Miles

As a parent, I know how much I love my own child. But what about someone elses’s child? In my last blog Love for Myals, I shared my journey in realizing just how much parents can love their child. It’s a love like no other. It’s a sacrificial, life-giving, unconditional Read more…


Making Memories

What’s happening in our learning spaces? Facilitating learning experiences that are memorable, meaningful, and student-centered–while still learning curriculum–is one of the true challenges in education today.  As many families grow older, they stop gifting stuff and start gifting experiences. I believe they do this to spend quality time together, making Read more…


#OneWord2018: Segments

Hold on. This isn’t the flowery journey-versus-destination post you’re thinking. In fact, I’m rethinking my daily thought patterns, processes, and habits. I’m systematically restructuring my time, energy, and mental rhythms (if that’s possible). I LOVE what I do! I love people and their lifelong learning stories. I have a whole Read more…


Just Wait…

Think THIS is special? Think THAT experience was mind-blowing? OH—Just Wait… Well into our mid-thirties, my wife and I just had our first baby. Like most first-time parents, we’re not only overjoyed, we’re right certain that our newborn baby is… well…  perfect. As a veteran classroom teacher, I’ve been working Read more…


Can I Give 150%?

Blogger’s Note: This is a follow-up to my recent post: Can I Give 200%?. I realize I can’t give 200%. I’m so grateful for all of your comments, guidance, and advice upon my reaching out. I’m blessed with an amazing network of friends. This life experience has changed me. I’m Read more…


You Have to LIVE IT!

I thought I knew. But really? I had NO idea. As my wife and I were expecting our first child, we did everything we could think of to prepare our son for a wonderful welcome to the world. We read books. We prayed. We were constantly monitoring our environment and Read more…