2019 Year in Review

2019 Year in Review

Looking Back What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about? Trump getting impeached? Lol I dunno. If you had to describe your 2019 in 3 words, what would they be? Major. Growing. Pains. What new things did you discover about yourself? I...
The Duty of Creativity

The Duty of Creativity

During my graduate program and my first year of teaching, I was something of an overachiever. I stubbornly wrote all of my curriculum from scratch and diligently checked all the boxes on my lesson plans. Differentiated instruction, formative assessment, IEP...
The American privilege of tidying up (or not)

The American privilege of tidying up (or not)

This past Thanksgiving, my mom brought an old pair of slippers to wear around our house because Asians prefer not to wear outdoor shoes indoors. The pink fabric had faded to gray and there were deep grooves worn into the soles. As my parents were packing up to leave,...
2018 Year in Review

2018 Year in Review

Looking Back What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about? Getting my vision corrected permanently!If you had to describe your 2018 in 3 words, what would they be? Really. Damn. Difficult.What new things did you discover about yourself?...
My Favorite Things: Black Friday 2018 Edition

My Favorite Things: Black Friday 2018 Edition

A couple of my favorite brands are doing cool things for Black Friday / Small Business Saturday / Cyber Monday / Giving Tuesday. Here they are in one place so you don’t have to search. Passion Planner I’ve been a faithful Passion Planner user since 2016...
To My Child Two Years Later

To My Child Two Years Later

Two years ago, the country of your birth and mine elected a racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, anti-intellectual demagogue. Two days ago, some of your compatriots resisted, while others did not. And that is how it will always be. In the last two years, children have...
Waiting on the World to Change

Waiting on the World to Change

At the end of the summer, I accidentally got hooked on NBC’s World of Dance. This is unsual because I normally watch very little TV and even less reality TV. (When American Idol debuted, I remember scoffing to myself, “That will never last.” Shows...
2018 Reading List – Part 1

2018 Reading List – Part 1

I don’t have much evidence to compare, but I think I’m reading quite a bit more this year than I have in the last 2-3 years. By my count, I’ve read 17 books in the first six months of 2018, which might be a record. I’m usually a pretty...