Tag: learning

What is a pebble jar and why you should make one


What is a pebble jar and why you should make one Day 20 of the 21 Day Challenge required me to make a pebble jar. What’s a pebble jar? Literally–it’s a jar filled with pebbles. Or in my case, a jar filled with poker chips. Figuratively–each pebble, or poker chip, represents a measure of time. […]

The World Really Needs Your Genius


The World Really Needs Your Genius I am not religious. 16 years of catholic school (elementary, high school and college) can do that to you. When it comes to religion I have more questions than creeds. I hope to one day figure the whole religion thing out. But today I’m not here to share my […]

Leave it to the dead to teach us about living


Leave it to the dead to teach us about living This post is dedicated to JR and LM. Keep fighting kids. It’s worth it. Yesterday, before I received Deb Dauer’s inspirational blog-turned-book, Not Gonna Be a Debbie Downer I highlighted the following sentence in Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius’s journal, Meditations: “The whole of present time […]

The race I did not run.


On June 2nd I marked September 23rd on my calendar. On September 23rd I planned to run my first 5k. An act of defiance of sorts. Defying both body and brain. Proving that I could physically and mentally triumph over 5 years of living with cerebellar ataxia, sarcoidosis, nystagmas, enlarged lymph nodes, vertigo, muscle spasms, […]

When your youngest child learns to ride a bike… Long may you ride, my son


I bet you can tell me when and where you learned to ride a bike. I was 5 and learned in white concrete alley behind our red brick Philadelphia row house. The bike was red with black rubber handle grips and solid plastic wheels. A few days earlier, Dad and I bought the bike from […]

Don’t be an indifferent student.


You will not love all of your subjects. You will not love all your teachers. You will question the importance of the subject and it’s significance on your current life, your future life and the world-at-large. In fact, you will rationalize some subjects are pointless and insignificant. You will fall asleep in class. You will […]

The Importance of Goal Setting: The Educator Spotlight is on Teacher and Writer Mari Venturino


Write on Fight on’s Educator Spotlight features insights, reflections and best practices from classroom teachers and administrators.  Meet Mari Venturino. Mari is an elementary school teacher from San Diego, California.  An active blogger and editor of the book Fueled by Love and Coffee: Real Stories by Real Teachers, Mari is a reflective force. Check out her interview, […]

WoFo’s Teacher Spotlight is on Kelly O’Neill


WoFo’s Teacher Spotlight features awesome educators who are dedicated to teaching and inspiring young people everyday. In this edition, WoFo features special education teacher and one of my oldest friends Kelly O’Neill. I would like to thank Kelly for her interview, for being a life-long friend and for her dedication to the teaching profession. Find what clears your mind and […]