Top Ten Books to Inspire Inventors, Engineers, Tinkerers, and Those of Us Who Wish We Were! by Kristin Schweitzer

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You know that kid, the one who doesn’t understand why he can’t record Lego instructions on his reading log?  Or the one who disassembles her mechanical pencils, just to see how they work?  As a teacher, I have not always recognized this child.  You see, my teaching life was shaped by my reading life.  As a child, I lost myself in the Big Woods, Terabithia, and Narnia. As a teacher, I loved to share these classics, and all of my latest reads with my students (Ghost by Jason Reynolds, Ramie Nightengale by Kate DiCamillo, Land of the Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly—to name a few). However, I have always been puzzled by this child, the one who would rather make paper airplanes, than read a story about them!

Everything changed when my son was born.  It wasn’t until I became the mother of this child that I realized…

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Reigniting Motivation.

In honor of someone very special in my life who will graduate from Nursing School next month.

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I wrote this on the blackboard for my nursing students today.

This is their final week of classes. Which means one final opportunity for me to encourage their success.

This is my favourite part of teaching psychology. Every time I face a challenge, I imagine how I can translate it into a motivating lesson for my students.

Reminding students why they started nursing school is energizing. Staying inspired during final exams is galvanizing. Not giving up is the ultimate test.

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Thoughts ⇔ Motivation ⇔ Action

Transforming thought patterns is critical for student motivation and success. As what happens behind our eyes is as powerful as what happens in front of our eyes.

Reframe your thoughts. Reignite your motivation.

Instead of thinking of nursing school as an obstacle to overcome. Reframe it as superhero training. Heros save lives. And so do nurses. Every single day.

Will it be easy? No   ↑   Will it be…

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5 Ways to Embrace Change.

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I love new beginnings. The start of a day. The beginning of a week. A brand new month. A whole new season.

All are perfect times to begin anew.

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“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”

Need help embracing change but don’t know where to start?  In this  8 minute CBC-TV interview below, I share 5 stategies for embracing change.

What are your strategies for embracing change?

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Confessions of an Empty Nester

We have two daughters, and when they were young, I had a brief period as a "stay at home" mom.  We spent a lot of quality time together going to the library, visiting friends and family, dance lessons, the zoo and museums.  In the summers, we would go to the pool or beach, swim lessons, [...]

What if our only life purpose was to be kind?

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So many people in this world are struggling with what to do with their lives. 

An existential struggle that did not exist 100 years ago when jobs were more clearly defined.

What if our only life purpose was to be kind?

What if every decision we made was guided by this shared life purpose?

How would you change? How would the world change?

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Life purpose is a way of living and giving. 

It does not require a title or a corner office.

Life purpose is a way of being in this world.

Today be kind. 💙

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Losing and Finding Yourself in the Library by Jessie Sima

Great article…discovering the library & all its treasures, memories with a grandparent!

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As I write this, my debut picture book, Not Quite Narwhal, is on the brink of publication. There’s so much to be excited about and thankful for, and I’ve found myself spending a lot of time reflecting on what brought me here. The truth is, I didn’t grow up dreaming of being an author-illustrator or a storyteller of any kind, but when I think about what books meant to me early on and how my love of them has grown over time, it feels obvious that I should find myself here now. Not obvious that I would be able to make this into a career – such things are never a given – but that my interests would fit together in a way that made picture books my favorite medium.
Many of my earliest book related memories were made with my grandpa. He retired right around the time I…

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One Book + One School = One Reading Community by Karyn Lewis

Beautiful article…igniting an interest in Reading!:)

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As a school librarian I gush over books, I hug books, I smell new books, and I treasure all the stories that come into my life. I became a librarian to share with my students the joy that books bring me. So after 3 years as the librarian in an affluent elementary school, I was saddened as I felt the love of reading was dying in my school community. Parents would say all the right things, teachers encouraged reading at home and at school, students visited the library on a regular basis, and yet something was missing. I knew I needed to find a way to fan the flame and ignite a LOVE of reading once again. Through Twitter I heard of an idea called One Book One School where librarians would share a book with an entire school, and I felt this was the perfect program to get my…

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So Many Books, So Little Time: Tips for Reading Strategically by Donalyn Miller

We own too many books. I’ve confessed this before, and it surprises no one. Don and I spend too much time sorting, culling, dusting, moving, and shelving books. Without constant maintenance, our bo… Source: So Many Books, So Little Time: Tips for Reading Strategically by Donalyn Miller