• 21 Apr So evidently I’m grieving…

    Last year my father died. I am still grieving that loss, and recently, I hear talk about how we are all grieving the loss of normalcy. Until now, I have found that idea curious, especially given my recent experience. Then last week, I got angry.......

  • 15 Apr The post where I’m super honest and probably get my head chopped off….

    I have a feeling this is not going to be a popular post, but I have to get it out before my head explodes. Or my heart. One of the two. And before I say what I want to say, let’s remember that I think......

  • 08 Apr We Are Not Homeschooling…

    So we are in week 4 of staying home in our pajamas all day, of our school closure here and I have single-handedly supported the economy through my purchase of an entire wardrobe made up of all things stretchy. You’re welcome, economy. Like most of......

  • 03 Apr I Never Really Did Like Roller Coasters…

    We are in the midst of an unheard of time in the history of public schools…you know, because of the ‘rona. And, as a result, I am now a full time first and fourth grade teacher. It’s like a one room schoolhouse up in here.......

  • 13 Oct I Just…I Can’t

    Disclaimer: Last week was a looooong week.  Now it’s Monday and it’s beginning to look like this will be another long one.   If one more person asks me to “just find 10 more minutes” in my day, I am going to lose my mind.......

  • 17 Sep We’re In This Together: Student Ownership in Classroom Spaces

    I love visiting classrooms at the start of the school year.  Everything is fresh and waiting and smells like crayons.  *inhales deeply* (Doesn’t everyone love that smell?). Planning the physical space in a classroom at the beginning of the year has always made my organizational......

  • 11 Sep And they’re gone…

    My Mini Me was built for school.  Sometime in mid-August, we would hear her sigh and say, “I can’t wait to go back to school.”  We shopped for back to school supplies with a nerdy vigor usually reserved for discovering unknown planets and new life......

  • 12 Feb She Can’t Even Find the Pencils, People!

    I have spent the last few days drinking tons of wine, crying into my pillow, shaking my fist at the sky, thinking deeply about Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as Secretary of Education.  And what I have come up with is this:  We will not be silenced. ......

  • 02 Feb #DumpDeVos

    I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been pretty quiet over here on the blog lately.  Life took over and suddenly I looked up from my own endless To Do List to see that there is a strong possibility that some billionaire who has......

  • 25 Apr The Plague

    Just when I thought my family had dodged the Big Sickness bullet this year, yours truly came in at the bottom of the ninth with a gnarly stomach flu. Can we talk about how being absent from one’s classroom (and one’s life in general… minus......

  • 11 Apr Skinnygirl F&P: A Cheatsheet

    Ok, my friends.  Let’s try something new, shall we?  Mrs. Mimi is going to upload a RESOURCE! For FREE!  (YOU get a resource!  And YOU get a resource!) (I will never tire of that Oprah joke, by the way.) Last week, I posted a picture......

  • 04 Apr Today I Was Crushing It and Then…

    …the “and then” part is going to kill you.  But then you’ll be all, “Eh, not so surprising,” which is a sad state of affairs but it’s what is happening. I was teaching the guided reading lesson to end all guided reading lessons which is......

  • 31 Mar What’s the International Sign for Drowning Again?

    Help!  I’m going under!  I have been treading water with a moderate amount of success for the last few weeks but I think March just officially had it’s way with me and it’s not pretty.  We’re talking significant bruising. Here is the problem with being......

  • 09 Mar Focusing On Possibility, Not Impossibility

    Is it just me, or do schools attract some really interesting people?  I say “interesting,” but for a moment, allow your mind to drift to other words that might feel a bit more mean, yet at the same time, more accurate. Let’s take a trip......

  • 25 Feb Happy Happy Joy Joy

    I spent the other night with a group of young educators, most of whom are looking to have their own classrooms in the not so distant future.  And can I be honest with you about that experience? It was pretty effing refreshing. You guys, it......

  • 19 Feb How Your Favorite Teacher Eats Every Day

    Recently, Elle magazine published a piece meant to to inspire the working woman to slit her wrists, laugh maniacally at the insanity of people who  need more to think about, give up, take better care of herself.  They looked to the owner of the popular......

  • 18 Feb Library Diaries: Yes, You Need to Read that Book Again

    In this family, we roll up hard into the public library.  Which, consequently, might be the nerdiest sentence I have ever typed, but I kind of love it about us. Prior to our visit, there is typically heated discussion regarding exactly which books will get......

  • 11 Feb Question of the Hour: Is Kindergarten the New First Grade?

    (Grab a cocktail, friends.  It’s a doozy….hold on, let me just step up here on my soapbox.) Recently, there has been a renewed discussion of the current expectations placed on our kindergartners. “Is kindergarten the new first grade?” is the question debated amongst teachers, parents,......

  • 08 Feb Art For A Snowy Afternoon (#smocksforcocks)

    It’s snowing here.  And while, yes, it is fun to play outside in the snow, more often than not, all this snow means that our little friends are spending a ton of time indoors.   I mean, it’s indoor recess as far as the eye can......

  • 05 Feb Introducing Mama Mimi!

    image credit: #heatherlcreations Exactly how long can I pin all my lateness, absences, and other assorted flakiness on sleep deprivation and child rearing?  Because Mini Me and Mister Mini may just be to blame for this blog going radio silent for a wee bit…they are......

  • 05 Feb Introducing Dr. Mimi!

    Get ready to wave your nerd flag, friends! I am super excited to introduce Dr. Mimi to the blog!  I have always been a believer that the best of us stay up to date on current practice.  We actually like reading journal articles or inspirational......

  • 05 Feb Don’t Call It A Comeback…

    …okay, maybe you can call it a comeback because…well, DID YOU SEE MY NEW SITE?!  I mean, I don’t want to toot my own horn, but hello, lover! Oh, my lovelies, I have missed you!  Mrs. Mimi desperately needed some rest and a refresh but......

  • 29 Jan Do We Like Gentle Reminders??

    I was recently avoiding working on curriculum writing, obsessing over a new house I want to buy, vegging out on Facey Face, mining the Interwebs for interesting and thought provoking material to share with my lovely readers when I came across this tidbit in Ed......

  • 29 Jan It Doesn’t Take Much…

    Last week I visited a school and, as a result of my drive and need to obsessively drink as much coffee as humanly possible in the morning, needed to hit the ladies promptly upon my arrival. You guys.  It was lovely.  In a sad, sad,......

  • 06 Jan Trading Balance For Some New Habits

    …yet sadly I wish my chosen new habits felt more dicey or badass but alas, I am a teacher and a mommy, so here goes. I went to the gym today.  I went to the gym today for essentially the first time in a little......