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They Don’t Know What They Don’t Know

Imagine yourself at a tropical resort, on the beach, with the sun going down, surrounded by the people you love. How many of us have had that daydream or if not that daydream, something very similar? We are able to have daydreams such as these because we know what is out there, we know the possible. Unfortunately, many of the children we work with each and every day have no idea how to dream. Many of us work in schools with students who don’t know what it is like to… Read more They Don’t Know What They Don’t Know

Jim Cordery’s Challenge Accepted

I was excited to take on this challenge put to me by Jim Cordery. I realize it may take some time, but I have found the challenge, originally put out by Andrew Sharos to be fun and a great way to connect with fellow educators. Eleven Facts About Me You May Not Know 1. Jim, I saw Milli Vanilli in concert in 1989 and it was a great show! 2. I put on my pj’s and slippers as soon as I get home and do all that I can not to… Read more Jim Cordery’s Challenge Accepted

Put On Your Big Boots

“When you see someone putting on their Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.” A. A. Milne Winnie the Pooh For many of us, this is the time of year that we reflect on what we have accomplished thus far. We think about our mistakes and we begin to plan for all that we have to do when we return from our time off. While we try to be as present as we can with our families and friends, there is still a… Read more Put On Your Big Boots

Don’t Just Notice The Shiny Things

Anyone that has ever been around babies for any length of time knows that they are attracted to shiny things. They can’t take their eyes of them. Whether it is something sparkly or something that reflects light, babies are usually mesmerized. As I sit on the couch this morning I notice the same thing about my Christmas tree that is in the next room. When I view it from a distance I see the bright colorful lights and the shiny brand new ornaments. But as I look closer and more… Read more Don’t Just Notice The Shiny Things

PLN Blogging Challenge

11 Random Facts 1. I once got two speeding tickets in one hour. 2. I have seen Milli Vanilli perform live. 3. I majored in Philosophy from Furman University 4. My favorite kids movie is Imagine That with Eddie Murphy. 5. My wife is a 4th grade teacher. 6. Pat Conroy is my favorite author. 7. I get dizzy on a swing. 8. My son loves the minions from Despicable Me 2 9. My wife convinced me to see New Kids On The Block last summer, and they were good.… Read more PLN Blogging Challenge

Just Listen

There is a big difference between hearing and listening.  Hearing simply requires us to allow the sound to go into our ears. Listening on the other hand, requires us to think about and reflect on what he have heard. In education listening can be difficult because we are often thinking of many things at once. We hear a lot during the course of the day, but how much do we listen? First and foremost, we must listen to our students. When a child takes the initiative to come to us,… Read more Just Listen