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Instapot Chicken Noodle Soup

Every lunch, my coworkers tease, “what did you bring today, Lemm? Another soup?” and shamefully, my answer seventy percent of the time is yes. Anyone that knows me well knows I love a good soup. They are so convenient, simple, make enough to feed an army and are always tasty. However, you know what makes …

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The Truth About Pandemic Teaching

“How has teaching online been going?” is an incredibly frequent question I have been asked by others lately, and every time, I have answered honestly.  Teaching online has been hard. It has been unprecedented and emotionally draining. Things that would take very little time in the classroom are taking hours online, but that is only …

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5 Easy Tips From Teachers To Transform Your Homeschooling

WOW, what a week it has been. Between virtual meetings, running out of essentials at the store, and giggling at the relatable reality we currently are living in on social media, we officially have found uncharted territory. Coming back early from Guatemala and diving straight into the chaos made me feel an array of emotions- …

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Teacher Table on Lock (An Easy Approach to Classroom Intervention)

At our last district professional development, I had the honor of presenting one of my very favorite teaching topics, stations with intervention! For elementary school teachers, intervention might be something that is done weekly and can be handled with your eyes closed. However, with middle school and high school teachers, station groups with a teacher …

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Sometimes, Teaching Seems Small

The other night, I was eating dinner with my husband when we got onto the topic of certain teaching misconceptions. While we were talking, I recognized that I involuntarily felt on edge-like I was anticipating judgment while having absolutely no reason why.  My husband is one of the most supportive people I know, I knew …

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Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

This week, both Tyler and I wanted to challenge our cooking skills by going vegetarian. When we went to the store and bought our meal ingredients, I really had the intention of making vegetable soup when I realized I was getting ingredients for Minestrone soup for our first meal. With new soups, I usually like …

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Expository Writing Made Easy

Four years ago in mid-February, I was pulled into a meeting with another teacher and a plan was laid out for all of us to switch grade levels. One teacher in 7th grade was no longer available in the classroom,  it was now our job to fill in the gaps, and I was going to …

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Whole30 Journal: Part 1

Well guys, I am ten days into Whole30, and I wanted to update y’all as I trecked through the weeks. For those of you who don’t know what Whole30 is, check it out here and become enthralled by the restrictions. Whole30, while it has a lot of benefits, is meant to be an elimination diet. …

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Healthy(ish) Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

If you are like me, you have loads of ripened, old bananas chilling in your kitchen (because who can eat that many bananas?!) In college, I fought this scenario with making banana bread, really really unhealthy, buttery, carb-loaded banana bread, and dang- was it good. As I began my health journey, I continued to make …

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The Start of the School Year Through Title 1 Eyes

Monday morning, I woke up giddy.  Professional development was starting and that meant the structure of my day was decided for me. Even though I adore my summer, I have always loved the start of the school year- a fresh beginning, another chance to grow.   I made my coffee, ate my breakfast, and made my …

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