“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"
I adore “quotable quotes,” especially those that inspire me to push for greatness. To finish out the “A to Z Challenge,” I’d like to share a few motivating quotes that will spice up your Monday with renewed zest! Be sure to check back each Monday, as we kick each week off […]Read more "Z – Zest (A Motivating Monday)"
“In the year of our Lord 1314, patriots of Scotland, starving and outnumbered, charged the fields of Bannockburn. They fought like warrior poets. They fought like Scotsmen. And won their freedom.” – “Braveheart” “Every man dies. Not every man really lives.” – “Braveheart” While visiting the William Wallace Memorial in Stirling, Scotland, I […]Read more "W – Warrior Poets"
“Everyone has a story that will stop your heart.” – Claudia Shear “Everyone has a story. I don’t believe anyone can go through life without encountering at least one amazing thing.” – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Is writer’s block causing you to lose sleep at night? Does your writing feel forced or stale, despite […]Read more "U – Untold Stories"
“I believe everyone has a super hero inside them, waiting to be discovered.” – Anonymous You may not always feel like a super hero when it comes to writing, but we can draw several parallels between everyday wordsmiths and our favorite masked wonders. Writing can be lonely at times, but gives us the […]Read more "Q – Quicksilver or Superman: Which “Super Writer” Are You?"
“Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart, one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.” – Marvin J. Ashton “The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” – Emile Zola All […]Read more "N – Nurturing Your Child’s Inner Picasso"