Tag Archives: learning


We’re Not Listening to the Story

I co-teach Sunday school to the four year olds at my church and it is consistently one of the highlights of my week. These little ones are so precious and generous with their love and I have loved getting to know their hearts this year. But more than that, getting to tell the Story of […]


4 (Free!) Ways to Appreciate Teachers Every Day

“Happy week of teachers Miss H!” I turned and smiled and thanked the sweet girl before walking her down the hallway to make sure she made it back to class. She’s lived in the States for less than a year, and last week she took a 3 hour standardized math test and a 3 hour […]


I’ll Wait, Too.

We learned about signs of spring today, because it’s 72 degrees and the forsythia is suddenly in full bloom. We read books about spring and wrote about how spring is different than winter and went outside to touch the new buds on the trees. “In winter,” I explained, “all the trees look like they’re dead, […]


Faith is the Semicolon of Life

I never really had grammar classes in elementary school. I learned parts of speech from playing Mad Libs and then later on from taking Spanish classes. I never had to diagram sentences and have no memory of learning about where the comma goes when you’re using quotation marks before high school. I read a lot […]

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Me too.

“Miss H. I need a pink crayon.” “Me too!” “Here you go sweetie. What’s your name again?” “Joshua.” “Me too!” “Miss H., it is very mucho hot outside.” “Me too!”   Guys. Kindergarten ESL actually sounds like this. This is my real life job and I could not love it more. The little one who […]


The Gentle Grief of Habit

I got a puppy for my 13th birthday, but we didn’t actually take her home until nearly a year later. She was spunky and clumsy, with big paws and ears and a tiny tail. I was almost 14 and fully understood body parts growing at uneven speeds. We grew up together, Gracie and I. I […]

"All you can take with you is that which is given away."

It’s a WanderFull Life

Well, not just one wish. A whole hatful, Mary. I know what I’m gonna do tomorrow, and the next day, and the next year, and the year after that. I’m shakin’ the dust of this crummy little town off my feet and I’m gonna see the world. Italy, Greece, the Parthenon, the Colosseum. Then, I’m […]

When I wrote those words on the board, I had no idea what I was in for this year.

A Love Letter to My Students

Dear Tercero Uno, We’ve still got a few weeks left together, you and I, but it’s time to start thinking about the end. I don’t even know how to begin this, and I certainly don’t know how to end it. Sounds kind of like our year together, doesn’t it? On the first day of school, […]


10 Ways Teaching Abroad Made Me a Better Teacher (and person)

When I signed up for this gig, I was mostly looking to improve my Spanish and see the world. While both of those have been true, I have gained so much more both in and out of the classroom through my time overseas. Here are just ten of the many things I have learned and […]

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The Intoxication Miscommunication [Or: A Theology of False Cognates]

“MISS I’M INTOXICATED!!!” We had just come in from recess and he was the last one through the door, except one child had stopped in the doorway and started yelling. “Hon, no you’re not… Please don’t come into my class yelling.” “Yes, Miss, yes, I am intoxicated miss I AM INTOXICATED!” I was beginning to […]