It was Back-to-School Night at my sons’ school, September 2012. As my husband and I walked through the too-small hallways towards my sons’ classrooms, I saw an older gentleman in the crowd approaching from the opposite direction.
I would have recognized him anywhere. Tall, shaved head, and smiling eyes—it was Mr. Wemple, my former high school social studies teacher.
Because my boys are in public school, every Tuesday afternoon, I drop Matthew and Toby off at our church for their weekly P.R.E.P. class. When I was growing up, we called it C.C.D., but now it’s just P.R.E.P., or Parish Religious Education Program. I went… Read More
5:30-6:10 Check e-mail. Create Google Form survey for Read-A-Thon. Write up and post assignment details for RAFT assignment for world lit students. 6:10-6:40 Get ready. Get text from colleague about senior class meeting this morning. 6:40-7:05 Drive to school, listen to Morning Edition on NPR.… Read More
At the invitation of a friend, I recently joined the “Opt Out of Standardized Tests in Pennsylvania” group on Facebook. The group, made up of area parents, encourages parents to become informed about the drawbacks of high stakes testing and provides parents with the tools… Read More
It’s already 9:13 p.m, and my 2nd grader and I still need to finish putting together his display board for the science fair tomorrow. Unfortunately, I was sidetracked earlier tonight trying to finish up a few video tutorials for class tomorrow. It’s surprisingly difficult to… Read More
This afternoon as I waited in the carpool line to pick up my sons, I scrolled through my Facebook feed and noticed an NPR post titled, “Raising Kids Who Want to Read.” Given my recent struggles to get my 9-year-old to read, I clicked. I went… Read More
This is about the time of year I start to feel a little bit panicked. On the one hand, the recent warmer weather reminds me that spring is just around the corner and that the end of the school is (almost) in sight. Every day… Read More
The Ides of March may be a day that lives in infamy, but I thought I’d use March 15 to list 15 books that I’ve read recently that made me think, feel, wonder, question, and reflect. (Side note: As I started to brainstorm book titles… Read More
Since having children, I’ve had to do a lot of things I thought I’d left behind long ago, things like book reports, paper mache, and dioramas, to name just a few. Then there’s this weekend’s project: the science fair. Oh, the science fair. This might… Read More
It’s Friday night, and with the weekend here and without a firm bedtime, the boys are still up as I write this (about 9:30 p.m.). Despite his protests, I think my seven-year-old’s on the losing side of his battle with fatigue. I can always tell when… Read More