307 posts later…

Today is my fifth anniversary of blogging.  I have written 307 posts…that is one post every 6 days, and 1, 747 comments.   That’s so cool isn’t it?  Five years ago I would have been the last person you would have guessed to start blogging.  I started for a simple reason…I don’t have my kids do anything that I have not done before.  Five years ago I was about to ask my kids to blog, and so I started too.  For this celebratory post I decided to take a trip back and take a look at some of my favorite posts…which do not translate into “the most popular.”  It is inevitable that whenever I write a post that I spend oddles of time on and absolutely love, I am usually the only one that reads it.  The post that just pops out of my head and gets published before I can think twice always gets around on twitter or gets the comments.  Go figure…

This is not a list of posts advertising my past stuff, and after having accumulated the links I am now a bit uncomfortable sharing them like this (LOOK AT ME!!)…think if it as evidence that if I can blog, so can you.

When I was a young teacher, I wanted to change the world.
I found it difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my country.
When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my city.
I couldn’t change the city so I tried to change my family.
Now, as an old veteran teacher, I realize the only thing I can change is myself,
and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself,
I could have made an impact on my family.
My family and I could have made an impact on our town.
Their impact could have made an impact on our town.
Their impact could have changed the nation, and I could have indeed have changed the world.

Starting this blog was one of the first steps I took to change myself.  It took awhile for me to accept what truly was happening to me here, but I am glad I continued writing and did not give up as I wanted to many, many, many times.  I am eager to see what will happen in the next five years.

If you are not already, start a blog,
Write with no fear of being wrong,
Click on publish with no fear of retaliation,
Post like no one is reading,
Your blog is a little slice of heaven on earth,
Only you need to give it love…and slowly you will see that not only will it change you,
but someday, it will also change someone else in the world when you least expect it to.


The post that started it all:  A New Reality Show–or What would I do if I was not Afraid?

How do you convince a kid that they are an eagle?

Are you trying to cure cancer?

I am afraid to ask…have you ever stopped believing in a kid?

Do you hear whispers?

Fix the hole, not the peg

How has writing for a world wide audience changed the way you write?

Andrew Jackson can wait…

The Kid that No One Wanted

“…dance like no one’s watching.”

“Words reduce reality to something the human mind can grasp.”

A heart so empty… Without a doubt…the most tweeted post I ever wrote.

Key words=Common Craft, Videos, Social Studies, Middle School, 19th Century History, Fun

Unforgettable learning experiences…

Kid, you are brilliant…


How to make a lesson stick…

I wonder…

Do the best teachers you know say this?

To be a teacher… The second most read post

We need more crazy kids…

A letter from Sara…

Did I Change Your World?

We teach life…

Why do you deserve respect??

I’m not…are you?

Real Names

A safe place to be yourself??

Common Core State Standard Posts

The following posts had the most comments…I know that some bloggers are happy with one comment, and others regularly get 50 for sharing the breakfast, but for me these were the big time posts!

A heart so empty…

Never question your power…

Don’t prepare your kids for the future…

“Should I become a teacher?”

How has writing for a world wide audience changed the way you write?

An invitation to come out of the bloset

Sticks and Stones…

What do you want kids to say about you?

Can I pee?

Are there other things too?

Be it before you teach it…

The Best Question in the World

Someone just like you


Fight the dragon with humor!

Waiting for Superman?


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