Dedicated Debaters

I know there’s a little dogsled race going on right now, but our weekend was dominated by debate.  It started Friday night, when Sam’s teammates came over for a cram session before the tournament.  I secretly wondered how much time 13-year-old boys would *actually* spend studying on a weekend, but they were focused: writing speeches, strategizing, researching, and (yes) dreaming. I texted this picture to Clark, … Continue reading Dedicated Debaters

The Great Debate

“The belief that there is only one truth, and that oneself is in possession of it, is the root of all evil in the world. “ ~Max Born Sam chose debate as one of his elective courses this semester.  Call me crazy, but this might be one of the most useful classes of his educational career.  Pubic speaking.  Active listening.  Persuasive speech writing.  Academic research.  What’s … Continue reading The Great Debate

First Days

It’s back to school season:  our house smells like Sharpies and new gym shoes, our lunchboxes don’t have jelly stains yet, and the kids are actually excited to go shopping.  Apparently buying pencils and binders is fun, but trying on pants is torture.  Go figure. This year the excitement was elevated, because Sam started middle school and Maggie moved up to a new 5/6 combo class.  If … Continue reading First Days

Movin’ On Up

Another chapter in the book of Time Flies is now complete:  Sam has officially “graduated” from elementary school. His school honored the occasion with two separate ceremonies.  First, there was a program for the Open Optional families, where each 6th grader gave a speech in front of the parents and younger classes.  This was followed by a fun slideshow of students from kindergarten through 6th grade. Two days later we … Continue reading Movin’ On Up

The Aftermath

I’m posting a series articles that I wrote for the Alaska Association of School Librarian’s newsletter about a conference I attended in Minneapolis the week before Thanksgiving. This the last in a three part series about my experience as a first-time attendee at the ALAN Workshop. So now what?  Attending the ALAN workshop was a highlight of my professional career, but how could I ride that … Continue reading The Aftermath

ALAN Workshop: Day 2

I’m posting a series articles that I wrote for the Alaska Association of School Librarian’s newsletter about conference I attended in Minneapolis the week before Thanksgiving. ALAN Day 2:  It’s Like Christmas for Librarians This is the second in a three part series about my experience as a first time attendee at the ALAN conference. We woke bright and early on Monday morning.  When we entered the convention … Continue reading ALAN Workshop: Day 2

It’s Like the Oscars for Librarians!

I’m posting a series articles that I wrote for the Alaska Association of School Librarian’s newsletter about a conference I attended in Minneapolis the week before Thanksgiving. ALAN Part 1:  It’s Like the Oscars for Librarians! This is the first in a three part series about my experience as a first time attendee at the ALAN Workshop. The ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the … Continue reading It’s Like the Oscars for Librarians!