Category Archives: School


I thought it was real when pro con lists ended and sleepless nights stilled. I thought it was real when my heart decided coming up for air taking a risk and trying something new was best. I thought it was … Continue reading

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Identity Theft

Earlier this year, a fifth grade student caught me off guard. After I gave her a compliment during a writing conference, she turned to me and said, “Miss Powell, don’t call me smart. Boys don’t like smart girls, only girls … Continue reading

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Words Matter…

My friends at work gave me one of the most beautiful gifts I’ve ever received today. If you know me at all, you probably know that there are few things I treasure more than words. They can be spoken. They … Continue reading

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What Kids Think…

I spend my days with 10/11 year-olds.  This is very consistent to snippets of conversation/talk I’ve heard from them the last week or so.

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A Graceful Exit…

“There’s a trick to the graceful exit. It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, a relationship is over — and to let go. It means leaving what’s over without denying its validity or its … Continue reading

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The Wheels on the Bus…

For the record, I considered titling this blog Field Trip Bus Ride from Hades.  I think you’ll understand why. I’ve lost track of the number of field trips I’ve supervised in the last five years.  Other than dealing with a … Continue reading

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Guilt Free…

Number of Papers I Graded This Weekend: 0 Number of Films I Watched This Weekend: 6 Not what normally happens, obviously, but I truly believe that I will be a better teacher Monday because of it.  So grateful for a … Continue reading

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