We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature--trees, flowers, grass--grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...We need silence to be able to touch souls. --Mother Teresa

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pictures of Me

This is me.  And all my school kids.  

I do not have blue hair or a green dress.  

BUT highlighters are all that and a bag of chips in first grade.  I get asked every day at almost everything we do if we can use our highlighters--and I let them.  

Surely they will run out of highlighter soon.  Just sayin'.

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Each day I take a group of Firsties to my room for a small group reading time.  On the third day this conversation takes place:

First grade boy #1: Guys, she's not a real teacher.
At first, I don't register what he is saying.  Then--

First grade boy #2: Yeah.  She's just a helper.

Me: No. This is my classroom.  I teach first grade. 

They begin to argue with me.  More kids join the conversation.

First grade girl #1: No. She's just a helper.  She's not a real teacher.

Me: I AM A REAL TEACHER.  This is my room we are in right now.  Remember on the first day of school when the teachers stood in front of the whole first grade? I was up there with the other teachers.  

First grade girl #2: No.  I don't remember you.  Sorry. 

Me:  I am at recess with you everyday.  Don't you see me out there?

First grade girl #1: Lady, I am too busy playing to be looking for you.

Tomorrow will be better.  Just sayin'.

Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel. -Proverbs 11: 17