How Hobbies Help

Aaaaah, springtime. The grass is getting greener, the trees are beginning to bud, and educators everywhere are counting down the days until summer vacation...

May 9th, 2022|

Time to Spare

Tension filled the air as the students and adults who were gathered around the table held their cards close, eyeing each other with suspicion. “Draw two cards!” the student announced to me gleefully as she slapped down a card...

April 18th, 2022|

Give Me a (Spring) Break!

Walk into any school building right now, and you can feel the restless energy flowing through all the hallways. It’s cold outside at the moment, but warmer days recently have reminded us that spring is on its way...

March 7th, 2022|

Trusting the Process

Liz Wessels’ office is an unassuming room, not much bigger than a closet, tucked away behind a printer. The room is dimly lit by a small lamp, a welcome change from the fluorescent lights lining the hallways and classrooms at John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids...

February 4th, 2022|

Starting Fresh in the New Year

Time to announce my New Year’s resolution…. I’m kidding. I have no New Year’s resolution. I made a New Year’s resolution once. It didn’t work out. When I was in college, my roommate and I decided to join a gym and get in shape...

January 25th, 2022|

The Season for Storytelling

As the days grow shorter and the nights become colder, people all over the northern hemisphere hunker down and prepare for winter’s icy blast. Many people turn to their televisions or smart phones for entertainment. Others might read a book, which is arguably more relaxing than staring at a flickering monitor or screen...

December 13th, 2021|
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