Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Signing Off


Nine and a half months ago there was a knock on my door and someone delivered a message that would alter my life's course forever.  I had a choice at that moment. The news could make me grow bitter, or I could absorb it and let it change me into a more compassionate human being. Each morning when I wake up, I try to choose the latter.

During the school year, several things were in maintenance mode as I struggled to come to terms with what my life was about to become. This blog was one of them, and I wondered what my writing future looked like.

This summer I dove into my mess, determined to find answers and direction. I am figuring out what I need to let go of in this new season and what to hang on to. It was not the summer I planned on, but I was grateful to have time and space to do some self-examination.

A few days ago, I was offered a social media coordinator position for a local Celebrate Recovery group.  This is an opportunity to use what I am learning to help and encourage others.  It is an opportunity to use my pain for something good.  As a result I plan to stop writing regular posts for Artistry of Education and dedicate that time to writing about hope, grace, and freedom in knowing the truth.

I have enjoyed the teacher blogging space for the last six and a half years.  I plan to leave the blog and stores up as resources for a while.  It's time for my writing life to follow my new calling.

Thank you for reading and sharing with me all these years,


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Quote of the Week--August 6, 2017



"You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture.  Just get people to stop reading them."

Ray Bradbury

Have a good week,



Sunday, July 30, 2017

Quote of the Week--July 30, 2017



"You don't always win your battles, but it's good to know you fought."


John Greenleaf Whittier

Have a good week,


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Our Mars Colony--Settlers Profile



This year I modified my Settlers unit to incorporate what we learned in science.  Instead of creating a historical colony, we studied the plans for a colony on Mars.  We created a class bulletin board with characters and the setting for our colony.  This became a jumping off point for several writing projects.

To download a graphic organizer to create a settler for any colony, click here.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Quote of the Week--July 23, 2017


"The supreme quality of leadership is integrity."

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Have a good week,




Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Nobody's Princess by Esther Friesner

Esther Friesner imagines the childhood of Helen of Troy.  Helen of Sparta is being trained to be a princess and a bride, but she prefers to learn how to fight and have adventures.

I would recommend this book for girls fifth grade and above.  Our sixth graders learn about ancient cultures and this book would fit perfectly in that unit.



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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Quote of the Week--July 16, 2017



"Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them.  If parents and kids can talk together, we won't have as much censorship because we won't have as much fear."

~Judy Blume

This was my philosophy as my stepdaughter was growing up.  I committed to reading whatever she was interested and talking with her about it.  There aren't many topics we haven't discussed over the years.

Have a good week,


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