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Problems My Student Want Me to Solve (and Other Classroom Tales…)

Have you ever heard me tell you the story about the students who handcuffed themselves together?  No?  How about the student who used to hiss and snarl at me from underneath their desk?  Did you ever hear me talk about my Catholic fourth grade students taking turns sneaking off to the boy’s bathroom to look …

The Teacher I Am

If you’ve been on Facebook or Instagram at all in the last five years, you MUST tell me you have seen those teacher videos.  You know, the ones where the teacher stands at the door to the classroom as the students enter.  Where the teacher greets each student with a special handshake, hug, dance, or …

Different Kinds of Love

It’s the end of a dance competition weekend.  All my loyal Facebook friends have been subjected to picture after picture and post after post about dance. “Here she is before dancing.  Here she is after the first dance.  Here she is with three dances to go.  Here is what backstage looks like.  Here she is …

A Dance Mom Confession

Confession. I’m a terrified dance mom. I have a ten-year-old acrobat.  She floats, spins, and flies through life.  Me?  I’m at best a washed up, almost good, “everyone had to play or there weren’t enough people for the team” type of athlete.  I can set a volleyball (and I have a couple broken finger joints …

Greatness

Tonight, I was surrounded by greatness. In a small dance studio, huddled around the window with other dance moms, I witnessed pure love and life lessons unfolding. It’s what we all hope for our own children. Love. Love from others, love for others, love in what they do.  Tonight I saw it all. Let me …

“Daring Greatly”…or at least “Daring Well”

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and …

March Favorites

My favorite things (that you could probably live without, but shouldn’t)… Here is your March guide to all my favorite finds. Check out what I’ve been loving, reading, and cooking. Grab a good read, a Starbucks, and relax in the best joggers while imagining you are on a beach. L’ange hairdryer My hairdryer of many …