Adventures in Home Preschool

Our First Three Weeks of Preschool at Home I remember that the time after I had Liam was one of the happiest of my life because I started to relax more. I stopped worrying about getting everything done, stopped beating myself up, and stopped being a slave to the clock (which I had been my…

6 Things Parenting Has Taught Me about Teaching

Whether it’s helicopter parenting or parents that are impossible to get in touch with, most teachers would say that parent issues are one of the most difficult parts of their job. You want desperately to be on the same side, to both be working for the good of the child, but so many parent-teacher meetings…

“My Kids”: The Class of 2014

With a baby sleeping in the backseat, we drove down to Alabama on a road we hadn’t been on in a year. The last time we drove this direction was May 2013, as we came to Tennessee for a job interview but went back to Alabama the same night for graduation. We were going back…

What Are Grades Anyway?

It’s the end of the school year. As a student, I loved this time of year. I put in extra effort to do my best on my exams and then felt the freedom that comes with summer. But as a teacher, I hated this time of year.Β Parents and students both become fixated on grades, and…

Saving the Boys: Lessons in Androgyny

There’s always a lot of talk about girls–what we can do to protect them from Barbies and Bratz, how we can make them assertive and strong, or how we can best talk to them. I see a new article in my newsfeed at least several times a week about raising girls–whether a letter from a…