It’s been a super busy week. I have a new appreciation for people that are on air all the time. I am mentally and physically exhausted after three days of recording guest speaker interviews. I have had such a great time talking to each person about their area of expertise. I can’t wait for everyone to get a chance to watch the interviews.

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A few thoughts from the this week. The field of education is hard, but people in this field have a passion and purpose and in spite of the obstacles and challenges, are champions for students. It was refreshing to talk to people that in spite of all the changes and challenges in education this past year, each one was able to speak about positive things they have experienced or observed. …

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It is with great pleasure that I introduce Dr. Antonio Cediel. Antonio and I worked together nine years ago at Minneapolis Public Schools. If you want to improve your ability of having difficult conversations with colleagues, staff members or employees, I highly recommend Dr. Cediel’s Talk Sense training. It is uncomfortable and difficult at times, but you will reap the benefits of feeling more confident and equipped to have difficult conversations if you put in the hard work.

Today was an exciting day. I started interviewing guests for the virtual summit event that will be taking place in a couple weeks. That is if everything goes according to plan and there are no glitches!

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Today I interviewed Julie Sweet the health and wellness coach that was featured yesterday. We had such a great conversation talking about mental health to stress management to being learning different due to dyslexia.

The second interview today was with Alyssa Hoekstra that works in my hometown running a Distance Learning Center at a local church supporting the learning needs of students while their parents are working. …

Tomorrow is an exciting day. We begin recording the interviews with the summit speakers. This is something new for me, so I am a bit nervous. I am praying that all goes well and it is an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

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It’s time to introduce two women that might surprise you to be involved in an educational summit. However, if you remember the title of the event: Achieving Students Best Outcomes: Different Paths to Success! This event is truly about meeting the needs of the whole child or student. What I mean by that is, some students come to school with English being their second language and need support learning English while also learning the grade level curriculum. Other students come to school and having nutritious food to eat to fuel their brain is not the norm for them. Also, students as well as educators need to make sure they are taking care of their whole body. …

I am excited to announce the Learning For Life Virtual Summit Event coming up the end of January. The event will feature wonderful speakers that are going to share their expertise and insights about education based on their specific area. The focus of the event is student success. How students are on different paths but as educators we have to ensure that they achieve the ultimate goal which is success. …

I have been sharing bits and pieces about this new venture that I have started. I am excited to share the new Learning For Life logo. Sometimes I wonder how I ended up being an elementary teacher because I do not like the typical things that are representative of elementary education. One example is primary colors. The original design of the logo was done in primary colors and I did not like it at all. I guess I have always marched to a beat of a different drummer. …

I’ve been trying to come up with a good topic to write about for the past day and a half. My thoughts are all jumbled with no clear idea or plan. I decided to just start writing and sharing what’s on my heart today. So here goes…

I woke up this morning with this sense of being so overwhelmed. It was debilitating for much of the day. If you’re like me and have days like this, you have no idea what is causing it or what to do. …

If you are the parent of a young child that is learning to read it can be a time of endless helplessness and frustration. As a parent, we do not like to watch our child struggle and get frustrated. We want to jump in and the solve the problem right away. The problem with this, is that it is only a temporary fix. It does not in the long run give children the tools to be successful in the future. As educators, we are often asked what is the right way to respond?

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The “Helping” Problem

In the interest of helping children, parents and teachers often want to eliminate the frustration or problem and rescue them from the uncomfortableness they are feeling in the moment. Unfortunately, this only perpetuates the problem and actually is interfering in the learning process. …

I had an unexpected and uplifting conversation with my adult nephew today as he was driving from California to Florida. He is in the process of moving back to Florida after living in Orange County for over five years. I’m not sure why he is so lucky that he gets to live in two of my favorite states while I am stuck in the land of over 10,000 lakes. One of these days I will be free of the frozen tundra known as Minnesota. I can’t take nine months of snow anymore.

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My nephew had a lot of windshield time and we chatted for quite a while catching up on life and the holidays. Of course the first topic of conversation was the pandemic. He said, I wonder what everyone talked about a year ago prior to Covid-19? This pandemic sure has infiltrated every aspect of life. …

Improvise, Adapt and Overcome Marine Corps phrase

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My fiancé is a retired career Marine. He served our country for 23 years and did seven tours. I am incredibly proud of him and the sacrifice he made to serve and defend our great country. I listen to him talk about his years of service and he considers it an honor and privilege to have served. I can honestly say, I do not comprehend his sense of duty and commitment to defending the United States. Especially in light of what I have witnessed that once their service is done they are forgotten and left to fend for themselves. …

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