Category Archives: Mom

The Fruits of Testing

My children recently came home with their Iowa Assessments. As usual, both were concerned that their ‘bold, black lines’ didn’t go into the 90th percentile like many of their friends. Commence questioning, “I guess I’m not very smart.” “I’m sorry … Continue reading

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We don’t all belong here…but, we all belong here.

It’s been some time since I’ve posted, certainly not because I don’t have anything to post. My mind has not gone blank – in fact, quite the opposite. It’s been a busy semester – a wonderful semester. I’ve been able … Continue reading

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Teacher continually in training…Joshua, Luke, and Plato

I love beginnings – all kinds of beginnings…new babies, new relationships, new marriages, new jobs, new friends, and of course new semesters (or school years). The beginning of something is usually filled with anticipation and excitement; of nervous energy and … Continue reading

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Get off the fence.

Maybe its a perfection thing – part of the ‘Participation Trophy’ business. I have a few friends who call it the ‘soccerization’ of America. Everyone wins! Everyone gets a medal/trophy! There are always snacks! We high five everyone! We cheer … Continue reading

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Perfecting Help

It is possible that having children who are in upper elementary is prompting many of these blog posts. No, actually, it’s true. Having children who are in upper elementary is prompting most of my blog posts. Why? The older they … Continue reading

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Practice Time

Today, afterschool my son said to me, “Today proves that I don’t want to be an author. I love to tell stories, but jeeeez mom – my teacher makes me write the same paragraph over and over and over. It’s … Continue reading

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