5 Things Kids Get Wrong (And Adults Too)


During my career as an educator, I have found that there certain facts and historical events people both young and old consistently get wrong. Why do they get it wrong? Awesome question. They get it wrong for a variety of reasons: inaccurate facts in movies movies and books, wrong stuff on television shows, believing legends, not digesting all the facts accurately, believing every dumb Facebook post, or someone taught them that wrong information.

My student usually know that Columbus sailed to find a shorter route to Asia not because he was trying to prove the earth was round. They also understand why Pluto lost its classification as a planet and can easily explain why dolphins and whales are mammals and not fish. However, they often have some “areas of refinement” as far as history and science are concerned

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Round-Up: Lagniappe


Lagniappe means a little something extra. Sometimes bloggers and websites give you a little more than what you’d expect, and I think that’s just awesome! Below is a roundup of my favorite websites that definitely do not give you too little.

The Oatmeal


From the comic ‘What we SHOULD have been taught our senior year of high school’

I am a longtime fan of The Oatmeal. The Oatmeal writes about animals, flossing, grammar, science, tech, running, and all sorts of other things.

  Fake Science


The mission of Fake Science is to educate as many people as possible without the burden of knowing anything. Fake Science describes itself as a less than factual guide to our amazing world. I love the details in the 50s & 60s style posters which feature completely inaccurate information.

TV Tropes

TV Tropes Logo

Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations. TV Tropes is one of those sites where you innocently look up the trope where every pregnant person on a TV show goes to Lamaze class even though you have never known anyone who actually went to a Lamaze class in real life.  Three hours later you find yourself deep in the abyss that is TV Tropes.

Loving Food, Fashion, & Life


Loving Food, Fashion, & Life is just about that. LFFL shares her stories about being a foodie, dating, her love of fashion, spending time with friends, and anything else she feels like blogging about.

Tyrone Tribulations

tyroneI somehow happened upon a blog post about a teacher retiring for the 9th consecutive year then got lost in the blog and all its glory. It is a satire site kind of like The Onion but different. It focuses on a place called Tyrone and all its goings on. It’s ridiculously odd and completely funny.

What are some of your favorite blogs that offer a little something extra?


Check My Other Roundups:

Roundup Teacher Blogs

Roundup People Blogs

Roundup Teacher Blogs Part II

5 Questions Answered by Twitter the Third


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The Creativity Workshop: My Reflections


Never listen to the naysayers. Smile at them and go tenaciously on your way and make your life happen! -Shelley Berc

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Where Were You the Day…

Just another day.

I’m running late. Drink coffee.

Chat with coworkers.

Ready for the day ahead.

Smiling, I greet my students


Leaves float on the air.

Isn’t it a lovely day?

The wind brings whispers.

Hide our tears from the students.

It will never be the same.  


What is going on?

The confusion… confusion.

They know something’s wrong.

We don’t say a single word.

Pretend. Just another day.

- K. Renae P.

Traditional tanka contain five lines instead of haiku’s three, and 31 syllables instead of 17. The structure is that of a haiku followed by two additional lines of seven syllables each: 5-7-5-7-7. -Ben Huberman

Nursing: The Best Job I Could Never Do

Image via Army Medicine

Image via Army Medicine

Haiku: The Nurse

Patient’s Advocate

Determined through long hours

Forgotten Hero.

-K. Renae P.

Nursing is the one of the only jobs I really want to do but can’t. Blood, body fluids, fecal matter, and all sorts of other cooties? No thank you!

I’ve always said God puts a special person on a cloud, gently sends them down to Earth, and they become a Pre-K or kindergarten teacher. I feel the same way about nurses. It is a calling.

I’ve had a lot of experiences with hospitals throughout my life- visiting friends, family, students, and my own hospital stints. I don’t always remember the doctors, but I always remember the nurses. They are the ones who are there to answer our questions and keep us calm. They hold our hands and make us laugh. Nurses forgive us when we are ugly to them because we are worried about our loved ones. They are tough when we don’t want it but need it. They tell us everything will be fine, and then they do everything they can to make it’s true. They poke us, prod us, feed us, clean us, heal us, and save us. Nurses are often under appreciated and over worked, but they still do it. They do it for us; their patients.

I am thankful for those who go into the medical profession. I am especially thankful for good-hearted, hard-working nurses. I really appreciate the men and women who choose enter a career of patient care. I know I couldn’t do it.

Miró and Picasso in Chicago

The art of conversation. Birds do it, bees do it. Even small and large cities do it. That’s right. All sorts of things engage in conversation.

In the 1960’s, the city of Chicago decided to talk to Barcelona. With two commissions from Barcelona’s famous artistic sons, Chicago bragged to the world about her relationship with modernism and stature as a major city. In Daley Plaza, also known as Daley Center, you can find two large sculptures from the famous Catalans.

Miró's Chicago

Miro’s Chicago in Daley Plaza


The Chicago Picasso

The Chicago Picasso in Daley Plaza



  • Miro’s Chicago was originally called The Sun, the Moon and One Star.
  • In June 2014 I had the honor to travel to Barcelona, Spain and participate in The Creativity Workshop as a part of an educator fellowship called Fund for Teachers. At the workshop our leaders, Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel, talked to us about some great artists from Barcelona. They also told us that two artists, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro, had famous sculptures in Chicago. As it turned out, I was traveling to Chicago the following month to participate in a week-long seminar hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • I was so excited to get a picture of the Miro when no one was around.


FFT LogoMy fellowship to Barcelona was possible because of Fund for Teachers. If you are a teacher in the United States and you have an amazing idea for professional growth, please consider completing an application. Even if you aren’t funded, the writing opportunity and research is worth it.