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Posted by on January 28, 2016 in Writing


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Posted by on November 29, 2015 in Writing


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Download The Light on Heart Mountain for free Monday, May 25th through Friday, May 29th.


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Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Writing


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Do You Like Toast?

Let’s say you want to show a short video to your class, and even though it has really good information, it’s a little on the dry side. (I’m talking about ones that have educational value and are obviously tied to the curriculum in some way. What did you think I was talking about?) The internet is full of these things, and let’s be honest, some of them are pretty hokey. When I want to show a dry, hokey video with lots of good information, I also find another short one that is just plain fun. (Like the toast song.) I say, “I’m going to show two short videos, and I want you to tell me which one you like best.” Always start with the educational one. As soon as it’s finished, be sure to review important ideas and concepts-just like a real teacher would do. Then show the fun one. After the second video, say something like, “So, which one did you like best?” This way the kids learn what they need to and you won’t get a reputation as always showing boring videos.

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Posted by on April 16, 2015 in Teaching Tips


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The Need for Speed

Looking for a fun, easy way to fill 15-20 minutes in your classroom? (Especially now that spring break has come and gone, right?) I’m not usually one for cards, but Speed is a fast and furious card game that’s really easy and fun to play. All you need is one deck of cards for each pair of students. The great thing about this game is that kids from kindergarten through middle school will love it. How do I know? I’ve watched kids as young as four play against teenagers. Even the “I’m-too-cool-for-school” seventh graders I work with enjoyed it.



The rules:


To be the first person to play all of the cards in your deck and say “Speed!”

Set up

– Players sit across from one another.

– Deal 20 cards face down to each player.

– Deal the remaining cards face down between the two players in 4 piles (two outside piles with 5 cards, and two inside piles with only 1 card).

Game play

– Pick up the top 5 cards from your deck and arrange them in your hand.

– Simultaneously turn over the two single face-down cards in the center.

– Begin playing the cards in your hand on top of the face-up cards in sequential order. (The number order can go both up and down. Either a King or a 2 may be played on an Ace.)

– Pick up cards from your deck, keeping 5 cards in your hand at all times.

– When neither player has a card that will play on the center piles, simultaneously flip one card over from the outer face-down stacks. (If these stacks run out of cards, turn the face-up piles over to face-down and start again using the top card.)

Winning the game

Once you’ve used all twenty cards in your hand and your deck, yell “Speed!”

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Posted by on April 13, 2015 in Teaching Tips


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A Great Way to Meet New People

cell phone 747On the back cover of my first book, in the biography section, I stated that I “always look forward to a good snowstorm.” In light of recent events, that sentiment is under review. What you see in the picture is actually the result of a blizzard (Wind speed over 35 mph, temperature below 10 degrees Fahrenheit, blowing snow making it nearly impossible to see and lasting more than three hours.) Yup, that’s my van stuck in the middle of the road where it sat for over twelve hours. My family and I spent the night with people we’d never met before.

I learned a few things from the whole experience, though. If the authorities advise folks to stay off the roads, there’s usually a good reason for it. Most importantly, it’s always best to get stranded near a house with someone living in it. Preferably a nice warm house with a friendly older couple. What could have been a tragic situation turned into a wonderful opportunity to make new friends!

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Posted by on March 3, 2015 in Uncategorized


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The Light on Heart Mountain


Now available on Amazon Kindle Direct

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Posted by on February 22, 2015 in Writing


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