A Word for Teachers: DERACINATE

Deracinate Pronounced: [dē-rasə-nāt] Definition To uproot To take something out of its native environment A Simple Reflection on the Word In order for a garden to flourish and reach its full potential, a gardener must deracinate the weeds that are spread throughout the landscape. If the roots of the weeds interfere with the intended plants,…

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A Word For Teachers: APERTURE

Aperture Pronounced: [APP-er-cher]   Definition An opening or hole In photography, the opening in a lens that admits light into a camera   A Simple Reflection on the Word Aperture can be used to describe any type of opening, but it is most recognizable in relation to photography. With the advancement of digital photography, and…

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A Word for Teachers: LAMBENT

Lambent Pronounced: [ˈlam-bənt]   Definition Glowing softly Gently glimmering A Simple Reflection on the Word A soothing campfire, a flickering candle, or a soft ambient bulb are all examples of lambent light. Although it may be gentle and soothing, lambent light actually travels at exactly the same speed as a bright, hot spotlight — about…

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A Word for Teachers: UNDERSTUDY

Understudy Pronounced: [uhn-der-stuhd-ee]   Definition to learn (a role) in order to replace the regular actor or actress when necessary. one who is prepared to act another’s part or take over another’s duties   A Simple Reflection on the Word An understudy is often considered to be the unsung hero of the theatre. Their job…

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A Word for Teachers: CACHE

Cache Pronounced: [kash]   Definition A secret or inaccessible storage location Computer memory for storing recently used data   A Simple Reflection on the Word The computers we use every day have a memory cache. It is in this cache that recently viewed websites and temporary files are stored with the goal to help speed…

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A Word for Teachers: FOGBOW

Fogbow Pronounced: [FAWG-boh]   Definition A rainbow made of fog droplets; a white rainbow An arc or circle of white or yellow seen against the fog   A Simple Reflection on the Word A fogbow is mainly seen when the sun is breaking through the fog. Sailors often see them as they form over the…

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Embrace the Layers

Last night I made stir fry and I cried. Tears streamed down my face, not because I was sad or due to my meal tasting horrible, but rather because of one of my favorite ingredients of all… the onion. From the first cut, my eyes began to burn, and through each chopped layer tears fell,…

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The Soap Mentality

I wash my face almost every morning. My entire life I have used a single bar of soap any time I washed my face. I never saw anything wrong with it because I never knew anything different. Recently, my wife introduced me to something revolutionary to my world… a skin care regimen. She asked me…

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A Teaching Clog

The drain to my shower was clogged the other day, but baking soda saved the day!  It was one of those clogs where the water pools up and sits for a while before slowly disappearing and leaving a gross residue that has to be wiped immediately. I didn’t have time to wait until it took…

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The Teacher Wall

We have all hit it, stared at it, or felt like it was impenetrable. It shows up during moments when, no matter what we do, things seem to be at a stand still. It attempts to block our passion by making us believe that even though we do our best to care for our students,…

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