Teacher -- Author -- Speaker -- Joy Chooser -- coffee drinker -- Mama -- cyclist -- voracious reader ...living the Best Day Ever Adventure
conversations in the car
"I don't have time." We spend so much time talking about time that we waste more time by talking about how little time we have.
when life kills your baby chickens
I was in seventh grade and I liked a boy. Middle school relationships are extremely complicated. They consist of conversations NOT between a boy and a girl, but between the boy’s friends and the girl’s friends.
what my rescue dog taught me about fear
I was sitting in the Chicago airport, enjoying a super over priced hamburger before my flight, waiting for all my motion sickness meds to kick in. All of a sudden, this:
the last photograph I took with my father
My life was just beginning. My dad’s was ending. I just didn’t know it yet. When my dad was diagnosed with leukemia I was 22 years old, six months from my wedding, getting ready to graduate college.
butter knives break the ice
Kids learn to navigate adult parties in curious ways. I was no exception. While seated at the big people's table during a formal adult dinner, I made a startling six-year-old discovery.
an anonymous letter from a high school senior
We are all trying. I mean, really trying. I've been a teacher for 22 years, and this year is like starting over. We have been in the building more than most here in Indiana, but it doesn't mean things have been any easier -- especially for the students.
our students can teach adults how to treat one another
I love teaching. I’ve been doing it for 22 years. But really, I would call it learning. Every day, my students and I learn alongside one another, growing and discovering stuff together. I use my experience and knowledge to help them hang out with words and language and global events, trying to scrape the “learning” from all of it using critical thinking skills. It. is. my. passion.
that time my dress ripped in front of ALL MY STUDENTS
I was super excited about my new black dress. Almost every piece of clothing I own is black. Or red. Or both. But they are my favorite colors. And I had a new black dress!