“Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda “Much to learn, you still have.” – Yoda Today marks the first day of school for my English students and me. Countless teachers are pinching themselves, thinking, “Was summer break just something I dreamed?” and countless students are mourning the loss of their unlimited video […]Read more "The Art of Inspiring Students"
“I believe beauty will save the world…but art only has power if people slow down enough to see it.” – Seth Tummins Seth Tummins decided to learn how to create oil paintings in December 2009. Little did he know at the time that this decision would alter the course of his life. Now […]Read more "Christian Artist Feature – Seth Tummins"
Have you ever had one of those days? You know, the “I-really-don’t-think-I-can-do-this-today,” and “I’d-rather-be-a-wimp-and-stay-in-bed” kind of days? We all feel weak from time to time, especially when life continues to overwhelm us with new challenges. The wonderful truth is, we don’t have to muster the strength to make it through our […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Work with the Strength of 1,000 Men!"
“If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great.” – Tom Hanks Now that we live in the mountains, our family has begun a summer tradition of picking fresh cherries from a nearby mountain orchard. The kids love hunting for the “perfect” cherry, which would […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Delicious Lessons from the Cherry Tree"
“When Christ rescued me from a lifestyle of accelerated depravity… I swung hard to living for Him with a lot of gratitude…I think art flows freely when I stay in that place – the realization He rescued me to be His son, not His artist.” – Nathanael Bryce Art is often […]Read more "Christian Artist Feature – Nathanael Bryce"
“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” – Ernest Hemingway When learning to write descriptively, English students are encouraged to include all five senses in their narratives. The result is usually a lengthy, “over-dressed” description that flows almost as well as an iron brick. So […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – Undressing Your Prose"
My family and I jumped into action this summer and hiked over 15 1/2 miles during our first week out of school! The New Mexico scenery was beautiful and we had a good time together as a family. Perhaps the best part of all, however, happened when we got lost. The other day we hit […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Off-roading through Life"
“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” – Moliere As I arrived at school in the wee hours of the morning to teach my online classes, a few surprises awaited me. Vaseline on the doors. Plastic wrap blocking the stairwell. Desks slathered with shaving cream and a computer mouse dripping with goop. […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Thriving in Challenge"
“If you can survive a year of teaching, you can survive anything!” – A First-Year Teacher “There’s no tired like end-of-the-year teacher tired!” – Said Every Teacher, Everywhere Are you a frazzled teacher? If you work with children in any capacity, then I’d be willing to bet money that your gas tank is on “Empty” […]Read more "Fresh Inspiration for the Frazzled Teacher"