Imagine for a minute that someone walks into the room you are in, and ask you to do something else immediately. Like, right now. Which of the following best describes your response?

1. You jump up with enthusiasm and say when? And where? and What are we waiting for?

2. You jump up with alarm to see what the emergency is

3. You glare at the other and defend yourself/tell them to buzz off/say no

4. You calmly look up and ask them what’s up?

5. You ignore them and pretend you didn’t hear them

6. Did you even hear…


Once, during this roller coaster that is my job, I had the experience of walking a labyrinth. A church had invited the public to come and walk the labyrinth on a very snowy winter evening. A small group of friends and I were game to try this, and we braved the weather to get to the church. We entered the building and followed paper arrows taped to the old walls. They led us to a basement auditorium dimly lit with candles. Unrolled on the floor was a very large canvas, painted with a Chartres labyrinth. It almost covered the whole…


This current Covid-created reality has turned my world upside-down, and as a result I have lost my balance. At this point, more than 6 weeks in, my best efforts are failing me, my coping mechanisms are betraying me.

But this prayer, with its kindly-spelled-out directions; is giving me room to breathe. It is a compilation of a couple of prayers, including one I was given from an anonymous source, and the Welcome Prayer, beautifully described by Phil Fox Rose at Busted Halo here: https://bustedhalo.com/features/what-works-15-the-welcoming-prayer

I share it with you, just in case you are searching for a little breathing space…


EIGHT DAILY ESSENTIALS OUR AT-RISK STUDENTS ARE MISSING IN THE VIRTUAL CLASSROOM (AND HOW WE CAN TRY TO BRIDGE THESE [IMPOSSIBLE] GAPS)

I am an Educational Assistant, and like teachers, I am spending a lot of time these days trying to figure out how I can still do my job when all the ways I do my job in person have been taken away or changed.

This is my contribution in light of THAT reality.

In this new online learning environment, I have been very concerned about the students I support who are our ‘at-risk’ students. These are the students…


I have watched so many hours of MASH the TV series in my life that I feel like the characters are part of my community.

And in these days of pandemic, shut down and self-isolating I keep thinking about something that happened to Margaret Houlihan.

Do you remember the MASH episode where Margaret hears the news that the camp’s stray puppy is run over by a jeep?

I keep thinking about this episode as I check in on my community via social media these days.

In this Episode (“Images”, #132 season 6) Head Nurse Margaret is as usual; tough, stoic…


How to Help Your Kids’ and Their Teachers…

Now…And When They Go Back to School

Teachers are good at what they do. They can teach your kids a lot of stuff. They can get your kids to do stuff that maybe you are struggling to get them to do for you right now…like math word problems, creative writing, French, or (fill in the subject(s) you didn’t like in school).

But there is a part of your kids’ education that teachers can only touch on at school. …


The TOP FIVE Things I Did WRONG In Homeschooling

  1. I tried to use control…

…to get them to do their work. Yep. I used “because I said so” far too often, and lots of proverbial finger wagging and threats. The truth is, good classroom teachers don’t do that. They figure out how to engage the kids in learning. They figure out how to pique their students’ interest, how to make it fun or different in small ways, and how to get their students to feel good about their learning. They use discipline as boundaries. …


Tip 5: I’m BOOORRRED…

Home Every Day with the Kids? How-to Tips for Care-givers from a Homeschooler Turned Educational Assistant

So school is closed, for a while. The kids are at home all day, every day. How to survive? How to have order vs. chaos, co-operation vs conflict, sanity vs. insanity? I can’t tell you how to create a lovely always happy house full of kids, but if a tip or two might give you 20 more successful minutes in your day, then that could help, right?! …


Tip 4: Don’t be a Martyr or a Tyrant — Be Strong and Sure.

Home Every Day with the Kids? How-to Tips for Care-givers from a Homeschooler Turned Educational Assistant

So school is closed, for a while. The kids are at home all day, every day. How to survive? How to have order vs. chaos, co-operation vs conflict, sanity vs. insanity?

I can’t tell you how to create a lovely always happy house full of kids, but if a tip or two might give you 20 more successful minutes in your day, then that could help, right?! …


Tip 3: MAKE SPACE, FIND PEACE, BE QUIET, MAKE IT STOP…

Home Every Day with the Kids? How-to Tips for Care-givers from a Homeschooler Turned Educational Assistant

So school is closed, for a while. The kids are at home all day, every day. How to survive? How to have order vs. chaos, co-operation vs conflict, sanity vs. insanity?

I can’t tell you how to create a lovely always happy house full of kids, but if a tip or two might give you 20 more successful minutes in your day, then that could help, right?! …

Shelley Little Maw

I am an educational assistant in an integrated, faith-based school system. I write about various topics related to faith, education, & challenging students.

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