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Slice of Life 30: Almost there

This is my thirtieth consecutive day blogging. I am exhausted. It’s my third year finishing the Slice of Life challenge, but this year feels different. I wonder if it’s because spring break is so much later this year; even without the work (and joy) of daily blogging, I’m pretty sure I’d still be this spent. But tomorrow is the last day (I think I can, I think I can). Almost there…

A colleague today said to me, “You must be exhausted.” She was referring to the work I’m doing in a new course I’m teaching this year, but really, she could have been talking about any part of my life. I am exhausted. But it’s all my own fault, really. When I think about all the things going on in my life, I chose every single one of them. It’s hard to complain when you’re in a hell of your own making (okay, hell is too strong a word, but somehow the expression fits). Read More

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Slice of Life 27: Just two things

A short post tonight, as I’ve still got piles to do. Two quick things from this evening:

Things always take longer than you think they’re going to, even with all the technology in the world. For a long time, I resisted doing electronic birthday invitations because I didn’t like how impersonal they felt. But life happened and after getting one evite after another from fellow stressed parents, I succumbed.  Read More

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Slice of Life 26: What do my students need most right now?

If you’re like me, then you know that the internet is both blessing and curse—especially for connected educators. On one hand, there’s so much access to innovative ideas and thought-provoking conversation with fellow educators around the world that it would be hard to justify not being connected, especially considering how many of those ideas could potentially benefit our students.

But on the other hand, it’s also all so much, and like anything, too much can become easily overwhelming, especially when you don’t know how to manage it all and you find yourself with too many ideas: you want try them all.

And there’s the slight panic that starts to settle in— Read More

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Slice of Life 25: A tale as old as…

We go to the movies a lot as a family. Usually, that means a lot of superhero movies. Captain America, Iron Man, the Avengers, Superman—you name it, we’ve seen them all.

As a society, I think we often concern ourselves with the messages that our young girls get, especially from the media about issues related to sexism and body image. But as a mom of boys, I wonder about what messages my sons are getting—messages about women, yes, but also messages about men and manhood. Read More

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Slice of Life 23: Thanks to…

Last weekend at the PAWLP seminar, our keynote speaker, poet and author Janet Wong was generous enough to give away some books to the attendees. My book? Austin Kleon’s The Steal Like an Artist Journal.

I love Austin Kleon’s other two books, his original Steal Like an Artist and then Show Your Work. His work on creativity, and nurturing the creative spirit, are more important now than ever. I paged through Kleon’s journal when I got home, considering which prompt I might use for my slice today. Read More

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Slice of Life 22: Commencement begins

Tonight, I laughed so much that I cried. Our senior class held its annual Mr. Pioneer competition/fundraiser, and although I had seen rehearsals, I was not prepared for how funny and charming the boys in the first act were. More than once, I had to take off my glasses to wipe away the tears as two of my former students lip synced a duet to songs from La La Land, Dirty Dancing, and Beauty and the Beast. I had both of the boys when they were freshmen, and even then, they were already two of the nicest young men that I had ever taught. And now as seniors, they begin the final stretch towards graduation. Read More