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Quarantine Engagement: Check!

Toni M. Poling I’m a list person.  I love lists.  Each morning, whether I’m working at school or at home during quarantine, I sit down and make a list of goals to accomplish that day.  There is something so rewarding about crossing something off my list when I finish a Read more…

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We Are All Doing the Best We Can

Toni M. Poling In fifth grade, my friend’s sister died in a car accident.  We were ten; she was sixteen.  I remember our teachers gathering us together to tell us.  I remember the darkness of the auditorium, the abject sadness on the faces on our teachers, and the alienness of Read more…

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The Road Less Travelled

By: Toni M. Poling When my son turned six, we bought him a Ninja Turtle bicycle, complete with Leonardo helmet and Ninja Turtle knee and elbow pads.  I couldn’t wait to watch him zipping around the park on his bike!  I told him story after story of how I spent Read more…

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Learning to Listen More and Talk Less

by Toni M. Poling I still remember the first lesson I ever taught that fell completely, utterly, and painfully apart, like the tiny pieces of confetti that blow around Times Square on New Year’s Eve.  I was about halfway through my 15-week student teaching placement and things were really starting Read more…

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Clear Vision

By Toni M. Poling I don’t make personal resolutions at the beginning of each new year.  This is mostly because I try not to lie to myself.  In the past decade I’ve joined a gym.  I’ve quit the gym.  I joined a gym.  I quit the gym.  I joined a Read more…

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