This is my first year teaching high school. I moved from my 13 year middle-school comfort zone, because I wanted the opportunity to work under a principal who is, and always been, seriously revered in the valley. I'd heard the rumor that he would be be retiring at the end of the year, and I wanted the chance to see him in action, so I made a career adjustment. I have my principal certification and am always looking for mentors who can help me improve my practice as an instructional leader.… Continue
Added by Laurie Christiansen on September 30, 2010 at 10:18pm —
Opening scene. An automobile makes its way down a dark and streetlight lit road
. I remember the exhausted feeling I had driving home. Exhausted from another late night at work, the hour long commute through parking lots of rush hour traffic, and from not seeing my children for the last three days. For these last three days I had gotten up before they were awake, and had arrived home after they had gone to bed. I… Continue
Added by Ryan Nelson on September 30, 2010 at 9:42pm —
I expected more rain and clouds today on this typical Thursday. I went outside with my six elementary students for afternoon recess and found a small patch of diluted light at the end of the boardwalk about 100 yards from the school playground. I had an idea, it was time for a science walk with my students. I called to my students (four of them are my own children) and asked them to follow me into the small patch of diluted sun. We talked about Autumn and animals we could see in the area for… Continue
Added by Crystal Nelson on September 30, 2010 at 9:19pm —
I just want to let everyone know that the nickname we have for our family is the Nelson 6. Myself, my wife, and our four beautiful children. It's alot like the Jackson 5.....but we are white.....and we can't dance.
Added by Ryan Nelson on September 30, 2010 at 8:23pm —
The weather forecast called for rain and clouds, but we had a sunny and beautiful day! It was Ryan's birthday, so he took one of our daughters kayaking! Great day!
Added by Crystal Nelson on September 30, 2010 at 8:17pm —
This is my wonderful test blog so I can learn about Nings and things!
Added by Sarah Heck on September 30, 2010 at 6:46pm —
Here it is
Added by cindee karns on September 30, 2010 at 4:59pm —
I struggle with reaching my wide range of ability levels and on the cultural differences that seem to separate my students. Both are a concern of mine. Our school wide atmosphere has addressed these concerns and I have seen improvement, but would like to see my students be more active in the process.
Added by Sean Murphy on September 30, 2010 at 3:39pm —
I am so tired of retyping this. I don't know where it is going. The Week had an interesting article on text book wars in the State of Texas. The board of education met and decided to revise the history texts to establish that "the U.S. is a Christian nation founded on Christian principles" and formerly primary figures such as Thomas Jefferson would be relegated to the background and other figures would assume prominence--like President Ronald Reagan, emerging as a "national hero" during the… Continue
Added by Karen Michele Beranek on September 29, 2010 at 9:30pm —
I have always wanted to do this. Someday I want to live for a whole year on only food I have grown and products I have made, and then blog about it. Maybe they would make a movie about me called Laurie and Thoreau, like Julie and Julia. Probably not, though. Doesn't have the same ring.
Added by Laurie Christiansen on September 29, 2010 at 8:48pm —
Imagining a New Channel
It seems just like last week that the river was swollen with the
moisture from the melting snow. I could sit on the river's edge and
watch the water flow right toward me---an eerie feeling. As the river
turned the corner it would take a small portion of the bank with it on
its journey to the sea. Each time I arrived at the river, I… Continue
Added by Cindee Karns on September 25, 2010 at 12:00pm —