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Content vs. Relationship: Part 1

I'll admit it. I sometimes fall into the content trap. You know the one... that paralyzing feeling that there are not enough minutes in the day to possibly teach all of the content you've been tasked with teaching, much less teach it effectively. You begin to panic. You notice your energy level turns up a notch- and not the good kind of energy level, either. That erratic, no-one-ask-any-questions-or-we'll-never-finish kind of freaky nervous energy. My son calls this "the dark side." I can always tell when I'm dipping my toes in the dark side because my speech begins to speed up, and I realize I'm talking WAY more than my students are. There's no discussion among them. There are no questions from them. There is no processing of information... for there can't be; I'm speaking like an auctioneer on opening day. Sometimes the content we teach (or the amount of content we must teach) gets the better of us.
Don't get me wrong- content is immeasur…

Sunshine Blog

I've always enjoyed reading the Sunshine Blogs and have always associated them with "real bloggers" so I was quite excited to learn I was nominated! I began blogging this past summer after encouragement from my Twitter friend, Rafranz Davis; and while I am not always the most consistent, I do enjoy the process of blogging.... however, my favorite is to read others' blogs. I learn so much from so many talented educators through their blog, so hopefully I can give back the love and share a little about me!  Here is how it works: Acknowledge the nominating blogger.Share 11 random facts about yourself.Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.List 11 bloggers. They should be bloggers you believe deserve some recognition and a little blogging love!Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. (You cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you.)My Nominating Blogger My nominating blog…

Stay Calm and Stay & Play On

Some ideas begin small. Others are epic with huge obstacles known upfront. Still, others roll upon us from the unexpected. I would describe the idea of Stay & Play as a mixture of the above. 

I began hearing about Stay & Play, a local effort to build a playground for our school, last year when funding for Stage 1 was reached, but-- and I cringe when I say this-- it didn't hold the same meaning for me as it does today. At the time, I didn't have the same awareness of students with severe physical needs as I do today. This school year, my class participated in a collaborative online project called Global Read Aloud. (Many of you are tired of me blogging about it, but I honestly cannot say enough goodness about this project... and the book we read as part of it.) Our class, along with thousands, upon thousands across the globe, all read the same book and met online through several venues to collaborate for #GRA13. The thing that made this project THE best project I've …