We Teach So Hard!

We Teach So Hard!

By Tracy, Kathie, Deann & Retta
Four teaching friends from across the country who've discovered that if you don't laugh you cry, and lose sight of your "why." Pour yourself a cup of coffee...or a glass of wine and join us as we talk shop, trash, and mull over our teaching lives. We promise, you'll laugh!
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Episode 46 Summer Reads Series: Goodbye For Now
It's our last summer read and we're crying in our cocktails, but this one is thought-provoking, we promise! Goodbye For Now by Laurie Frankel is a modern science fiction novel that left us thinking about many "what-ifs."  If you had the opportunity to talk with a loved one who has passed, with the help of technology, would you do it? What might be some of the drawbacks? What are the responsibilities of the people who create that technology? This book is part love story, part science fiction.  If you haven't read it yet, don't listen until you do because this podcast has spoilers! This book is Retta's pick. Be sure to check out her blog post about it and the freebie she has created to accompany your summer read.  Both are amazing! Retta's blog post: https://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/2019/07/summer-book-club-for-teachers-goodbye.html?m=1 Summer Read Featured Freebie: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Summer-Reads-Series-for-Teachers-Goodbye-for-Now-FREE-Posters-4695753 Like what you hear? Visit our Facebook page and blogs! https://www.facebook.com/Weteachsohardpodcast/ Tracy @ https://mossoakmusings.blogspot.com Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Kathie @ https://triedandtrueteachingtools.com Image Credit: Jennifer Ward Music from https://filmusic.io: "Carefree," "Almost New," "Porch Swing Days," "Teddy Bear Waltz," "The Show Must Be Go" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)
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July 14, 2019
Episode 45 Summer Reads Series: Autism in Heels
Join us for our 3rd episode in our Summer Reads Series. In this episode, we discuss a memoir, Autism in Heels by Jennifer Cook O'Toole.  As teachers, there's a lot to sink our teeth into with this book. O'Toole writes about her "otherness," about never fitting in and the bond she shared with her father. It wasn't until her own children were diagnosed with Aspergers, that she realized that she, too, was on the spectrum, as was her father.  The memoir goes on to explore how Autism appears differently in girls.  Give this podcast a listen if you're looking for a thought-provoking read.  It's enlightening on many levels! Be sure to visit Kathie's blogpost to read more about this memoir. She has included a freebie for our listeners!  https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/2019/07/summer-reads-series-autism-in-heels.html  Freebie:  http://bit.ly/AutismResourcesWeTeachSoHard  Like what you hear? Be sure to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weteachsohardpodcast/ Or visit us at... Tracy @ https://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Image Credit: Jennifer Ward Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Carefree," "Almost New," "Porch Swing Days," "Teddy Bear Waltz,"  "The Show Must be Go" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)
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July 9, 2019
Episode 44 Summer Reads Series: Where The Crawdads Sing
Hey lovely listeners! We hope you're enjoying your summer as much as we are. Welcome to the second installment of We Teach So Hard's Summer Reads Series where we suggest pleasure-read books and hold book club discussions. This episode, our title is a recent bestseller, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. This read is filled with lyrical language, and heartbreaking abandonment. It's a gorgeous coming-of-age story of survival, physical survival and emotional survival. Kya will break your heart. She broke ours, for sure. Delia Owens' writing is like a prose poem. Transcendent! If you haven't read the book yet, then save this podcast episode for after. This is your only SPOILER ALERT! This week, Deann is offering a beautiful companion resource for this book... JUST FOR YOU because you teach so hard! You can snag it here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Summer-Reads-Series-for-Teachers-Where-the-Crawdads-SingFREE-RESOURCE-4657719 OR, you can check out her blog post about the book. It has some cool stuff in it! https://socrateslantern.com/2019/06/summer-reads-series-for-teachers-where-the-crawdads-sing.html Like what you hear? Check out our Facebook page for our summer podcast reading list: https://www.facebook.com/Weteachsohardpodcast/ Or visit us at... Tracy @ https://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Image Credit: Jennifer Ward Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Serene," "White," "Long Road Ahead," Sapphire Isle," "The Show Must Be Go" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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July 1, 2019
Episode 43 Summer Reads Series: The Samurai's Garden
Ahhhhhhhh... It's summer, finally. Welcome to the first installment of We Teach So Hard's Summer Reads Series where we suggest pleasure-read books and hold  book club discussions. This episode, our title is The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama. This is the perfect first read for the summer, because the author tells an enthralling story about love, isolation, and honor. Matsu, Stephan and Sachi's story will leave you feeling like you've just completed a fabulous meditation. Seriously, her writing is that good.  If you haven't read the book yet, then save this podcast episode for after. This is your only SPOILER ALERT! This week, Tracy is offering a gorgeous featured summer freebie to accompany this book... JUST FOR YOU (not your kiddos), because you teach so hard! You can snag it here:  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Wild-Child-Designs  Like what you hear? Check out our Facebook page for our summer podcast reading list:  https://www.facebook.com/Weteachsohardpodcast/  Tracy @  https://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/  Deann @  https://socrateslantern.com/  Kathie @  https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/  Retta @  http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/  Image credit: Jennifer Ward   Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Serene" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Music from https://filmmusic.io: "White" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Long Road Ahead" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Music from https://filmmusic.io: "Sapphire Isle" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)  "The Show Must Be Go" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 
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June 23, 2019
Episode 42 Can a Teacher Get a Little Encouragement? Surviving the End of the Year Madness
The end is in sight! Nothing can bring relief and yet instill panic like that statement.  We're bedraggled, exhausted, and wishing we had a margarita instead of that third cup of coffee. And, we have miles to go before we sleep. Nothing can be more disheartening than watching online teacher friends posting their vacation cocktails while you're still mucking through your last days of school. This post is just for you.  You've got this...you're almost there! Like what you hear? Follow us on FaceBook! https://www.facebook.com/We-Teach-So-Hard-300984973941377/ Or visit us at our blogs where we share innovative ideas and resources! Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com Kathie @ https://triedandtrueteachingtools.blogspot.com Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 LIcensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0
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June 11, 2019
Episode 41 A Teacher's Most Embarrassing Moments: How to Grin and Bear Them
Toilet paper on your shoe? Skirt tucked into your tights? Or maybe,  hygiene mishaps? We've all been there. We've all had those moments when we wish the filing cabinet would just swallow us up.  This episode is for any and all teachers who've faced embarrassment (or hid from it). Either way, we've got you covered! At the very least, you'll have a good laugh on us as we share our own humiliations. It's okay, we KNOW you're laughing with us, not at us.  Like what you hear? Follow us on our Facebook page or leave a review: https://www.facebook.com/We-Teach-So-Hard-300984973941377 Or, visit us at our blogs! Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com Kathie @ https://triedandtrueteachingtools.blogspot.com Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 LIcensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0
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June 4, 2019
Episode 40 How to Keep Your Kiddos Learning Over the Sunmer
Watermelon. Swimming. Barbecue. These are words that come to mind when we think of summer.  We don't think "math worksheets" when we think of summer. In this episode, we discuss ways to help your students avoid the dreaded summer slide without a math worksheet in sight.  If you're looking for a way to engage your students over the summer, then this episode is for you! Like what you hear? Come visit us on our Facebook page where we share tons of articles, tips and resources. https://www.facebook.com/We-Teach-So-Hard-300984973941377 Or, visit us at our blogs! Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Kathie @ https://triedandtrueteachingtools.blogspot.com Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0
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May 28, 2019
Episode 39 The End Is Near: Planning For Your EOY Celebrations
Planning for your end-of-year classroom celebrations doesn't have to feel apocalyptic! We offer tips and suggestions for some great ways to celebrate your kiddos.  You won't have to smash your piggy bank, either, we promise!  Our EOY mantra is "Keep it simple. Keep it inexpensive. Keep it fun!" Give this episode a listen if you're searching for ideas.  Like what you hear? Then you need to visit our Facebook page. We share teaching tips, articles, funnies and stories.  https://www.facebook.com/We-Teach-So-Hard-300984973941377 Be sure to check out our blogs! Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com Kathie @ https://triedandtrueteachingtools.blogspot.com Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0
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May 22, 2019
Episode 38 Excedrin-Free End-of-the-Year Organization: Get Out Your Packing Tape!
The end is in sight, and you have to think about packing up your classroom for the summer. Whether you're required to pack up your entire room for the summer, or tuck your teaching goodies away in cabinets and closets, this episode is for you.  It doesn't have to be a headache.  Listen in as we discuss ways we keep ourselves organized... or not (SOME of us are a little unorganized, but we get an A+ for effort). We laugh a little, and bitch a little, but you'll come away with a new idea or two! Like what you hear? Visit our Facebook page or blogs where we offer teaching tips, ideas, funnies, and goodies! https://www.facebook.com/We-Teach-So-Hard-300984973941377 Tracy @http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Kathie @ https://triedandtrueteachingtools.blogspot.com Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 LIcensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0
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May 7, 2019
SPECIAL Announcement from WE TEACH SO HARD! It's a Giveaway! Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to YOU!
Calling all listeners! This announcement is JUST for you, because YOU TEACH SO HARD! Listen, and click the link below to enter!  https://www.facebook.com/We-Teach-So-Hard-300984973941377
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May 7, 2019
Episdoe 37 Glue Gun At The Ready? It's Almost Mother's Day!
Looking for the perfect Mother's Day craft for your kiddos to do this week? SO ARE WE! Seriously though, sometimes Mother's Day can be difficult to navigate. We've all had students who have lost mothers, are in foster care, or have absentee moms. This holiday can be emotionally challenging. In this episode, we share creative writing and craft ideas, a few good books, and some ideas for helping our kiddos who struggle this time of year. This episode is for you because YOU TEACH SO HARD! Like what you hear? You can follow us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/We-Teach-So-Hard-300984973941377/ OR visit our blogs where we share ideas, resources and freebies! Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com Kathie @ https://triedandtrueteachingtools.blogspot.com Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0
23:59
May 1, 2019
Episode 36 So You're Teaching Summer School?
You're tired...bone tired, but someone has got to pay the bills, so you're teaching summer school this year! It doesn't have to be doom, gloom and drudgery. Summer school can be a fantastic time to try out new teaching ideas, themes, projects and lessons. It doesn't have to be worksheet-driven. For your sanity, and your kiddos' survival, give this episode a listen. We've got great ideas for you, because you TEACH SO HARD! Like what you hear? Then check out our blogs and face book page! WE TEACH SO HARD FaceBook Page: https://www.facebook.com/We-Teach-So-Hard-300984973941377/ Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Kathie @  https://triedandtrueteachingtools.blogspot.com Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0
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April 23, 2019
Episode 35 Outdoor Education: The Antidote for Waning Attention
Do we hear wailing and the gnashing of teeth? The end is near, and your students are squirrely and CHECKED OUT. Don't freak out! Take them outside! In this episode of WE TEACH SO HARD, we share fun end-of-year ideas for taking the learning and teaching outside. Spring is in the air, don't despair! Take it outside. Student engagement will soar!  Like what you hear? Be sure to give us a shout out. Leave a comment or rate us on your listening platform. We're always looking for podcast ideas, share yours in the comments! Or, stop by and visit our blogs. We write weekly about teaching, learning, and teacher life.  Tracy @  https://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com  Retta @  http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com  Deann @  https://socrateslantern.com  Kathie @  https://triedandtrueteachingtools.com  Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0
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April 16, 2019
Episode 34 Granola and Peace Signs...Lesson Ideas for Earth Day
We've got the future of the planet in our classrooms. Earth Day is a fantastic opportunity to begin conservation conversations and education with your students with the intent that Earth Day might be celebrated EVERY DAY. This episode is chocked full of ideas to use with your students throughout the spring months...literacy, math, science and social studies! We've got all the bases covered for your Earth Day celebrations.  Like what you hear? Then give us a shout out, leave us a comment or a rating. Or better yet, comment with an idea for a future podcast topic.  The Earth Day Special (referenced in the podcast) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz0HzS1O-ug Visit us at our blogs! Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com Kathie @ http://triedandtrueteachingtools.blogspot.com Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0
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April 9, 2019
Episode 33 Interdisciplinary Projects Can Save Your Sanity
We're galloping toward the year's end. There's standardized testing to get through...HOURS of it, in fact. Field trips, assemblies, learning celebrations, and don't forget about your evaluation, report cards, common assessments, and closing up your classroom. When we think about our school life in the months of April, May and June, it's hard not to hyperventilate. BECAUSE WE STILL HAVE TO TEACH, and let's face it-our students are checked out! Interdisciplinary projects can save your sanity. They really can! They'll keep the learning going, engage your kids, and help you get in all those standards you still have to teach.  TURN UP YOUR VOLUME and get ready to rock your end of the year teaching! Like what you hear? Give us a shout out, share a podcast link with a colleague, or leave a comment.  OR VISIT OUR BLOGS! We have a ton of ideas to get you through the end of your school year.  Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Kathie @ http://triedandtrueteachingtools.blogspot.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0
31:25
April 3, 2019
Episode 32 Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, Sunshine is Yellow & National Poetry Month is COOL!
April is National Poetry Month and we at We Teach So Hard have collectively decided that it is one of our favorite months! Poetry can rock your readers and writers workshops. It doesn't have to be intimidating, and we show you how. This podcast is filled with fabulous ideas for incorporating poetry in your classroom. Be sure to check out our blog posts too! They are overflowing with  FREE poetry ideas this week, just for you! From free verse to formulaic patterns, from reading strategies to writing tools, we've got you covered! Tracy @  https://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/  Kathie @  https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/  Deann @  https://socrateslantern.com/  Retta @  http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/  Image credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: by Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by3.0
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March 24, 2019
Episode 31 Maybe It's the Luck of the Irish!
Maybe we'll never find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but we feel dang lucky to be teachers. There's nothing easy about our jobs, but the BEST parts of being a teacher make everything worthwhile. If you're feeling down or your energy is low, this podcast is for you. We're looking for and reclaiming our "rainbows."  Like what you hear? Leave a comment or "like" our podcast! Be sure to check out our blogs and facebook page below! WE TEACH SO HARD Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/We-Teach-So-Hard-300984973941377/ Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Kathie @ http://triedandtrueteachingtools.blogspot.com Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: by Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by/3.0
31:42
March 21, 2019
Episode 30 Standardized Testing and Your Sanity
It's getting to be that time of year. Test prep... test prep... TEST PREP! You know what we're talking about, don't you? The testing manual says it should take an hour to complete the test, and it takes three hours. Nothing says, "I need a drink" like testing days. In this episode, we bitch and moan, share tips and tricks, and we laugh and cry a little, too. Listen to this instead of chewing your nails down to the quick! Like what you hear? Then you HAVE to check out our blogs. We share umpteen million years of teaching wisdom, tips, tricks and freebies. Check us out! Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: by Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by/3.0
30:47
March 12, 2019
Episode 29 What Teachers Wished the Public Understood About Teaching
Calling all #LOSER teachers! This episode is just for you. Join us as we laugh, cry (and maybe rage, a little) about what we wish people understood about teaching. We'll explore public perceptions, funding, political perceptions, and how we rise above the crap. You don't want to miss this one! Like what you hear? Be sure to follow us on your listening platform. REALLY like what you hear? Drop us a rating or comment.  You can visit us at our blogs, as well. Check out the links below! Tracy @ https://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com Kathie @ https://triedandtrueteachingtools.com Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensed https//creativecommons.org/license/by/3.0
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March 5, 2019
Episode 28 March is Reading Month Merriment & Madness
March is Reading Month and Read Across America week are just around the corner? Are you ready? We love the intention of these celebrations...the cool learning activities, the goal setting, the diving into good books with our kiddos. But we'd be lying if we didn't admit that these things can add a layer of crazy to our classrooms. Give this episode a listen. We share our ideas for keeping our reading celebrations student-centered.  Like what you hear? Then you need to visit our blogs! This week, we're linking up to share ideas with you.  Tracy @ https://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Image credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) LIcensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/license/by/3.0
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February 26, 2019
Episode 27 Teacher Fashion Throughout the Years
Do you remember floaty long dresses, appliqued with apple patches? Did you own teacher necklaces made from wooden blocks? How about your shoes? Did you wear "teacher shoes?" If you need a good laugh, this episode is FOR YOU! Join us as we talk trash about our teacher fashion sense throughout the years. We promise you won't be sorry you listened! Like what you hear? The you MUST check out our blogs! This week, we're writing about our fashion faux pas, too! Tracy @ https://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) LIcensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
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February 17, 2019
Episode 26 Finding the Bootstraps When Staff Morale is Low
We've all been there. Whether it's at a state, community or building level, things happen that affect our morale. Sometimes, it's really hard to come to work. When we're down, it affects our whole learning community, including the students. How do you bounce back when everything or everyone around you is in the dumps? This episode is for YOU! Like what you hear? Visit us at: Tracy @ https://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Image credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
32:47
February 12, 2019
Episode 25 Field Trip Follies: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Nothing says FUN (or mayhem) like taking 25 + kiddos to the zoo, the museum, or the farm. In this episode, we laugh, we cry, we commiserate, and we talk trash about our best tips for a successful field trip experience for EVERYONE! You don't want to miss this episode! Like what you hear? Then come visit us at our blogs. We write about our classrooms every week and offer ideas, resources and freebies. Come visit! Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Image credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
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February 6, 2019
Episode 24 Brace Yourself & Gird Your Loins! It's Teacher Evaluation Time!
It's teacher evaluation season. Are you crunching data? Studying Marzano? Tossing and turning at night? This episode is just for you! Join us as we talk about the "good ole' days" when teacher evaluation made sense, or at the very least, was more authentic. We've got some "do as I say, not as I do" stories to entertain you as well! Like what you hear? Then stop by our blogs and visit us. We've got tons of goodies and ideas waiting for you! Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensed https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
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January 31, 2019
Episode 23 When Your Classroom Management Needs Tweaking
We've all been there! It's January, and the kiddos have returned to the classroom. Sometimes it seems like they've forgotten every routine and procedure they knew before winter break. We've got you covered with some humorous (an serious) tips to get everyone back in line! Like what you hear? Be sure to follow our blogs in the links below! We share tons of tips and treasures with our followers each week! Tracy @http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com Deann @https://socrateslantern.com Retta @http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Kathie @https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Image credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Https://creative commons.org/licenses/by/3.0
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January 24, 2019
Episode 22 Culturally Responsive Teaching: What If It Was MLK Jr. Day Everyday?
Martin Luther King Jr. day is coming up, and teachers are teaching, crafting, and reading with their kids about his life. But what if we taught about the things Dr. King held near and dear to his heart throughout the school year? What does it mean to be a culturally responsive teacher? Join us as we discuss this very important topic! Like what you hear? Check out our blogs for more great tips and ideas! Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Image credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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January 16, 2019
Episode 20 A Teacher's Winter Break Potluck: Food, Booze & Books
We've worked so hard. YOU'VE worked sooooo hard! It's time to kick your feet up, stay in your jammies all day, eat some good food, drink some yummy cocktails and read some great books. Remember? Some authors actually write fiction for adults, too! Join us as we potluck together. We've curated our favorite winter break recipes for entrees, cocktails, and desserts. And, we're recommending some great reads to keep your heart happy. PSSSSTTTT! We've included some winter break freebies for you, too! Because YOU TEACH SO HARD! Visit our blogs to snag recipes, book recommendations and freebies! Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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December 18, 2018
Episode 19 STOP the INSANITY! Teacher Self Care
We might be aging ourselves, but remember that fitness guru Susan Powell and her "Stop the insanity" commercials? That sums up our teacher angst this time of year. Stop the insanity...cuz we wanna get off this bus! December always feels like cardiac arrest for teachers. Give us a listen as we laugh and cry our way through self-care ideas! Like what you hear? You can read more by visiting us below! Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com Image credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin Macleod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creative commons.org/licenses/by/3.0
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December 11, 2018
Episode 18 Fur, Feathers & Scales: Animals in Your Classroom
Hissing cockroaches, live chickens, exploding cricket cages and more! This episode is meant for all teachers who have ever contemplated having animals in their classroom...and for those teachers who would never dream of it! Seriously, this episode might make you pee your pants...some of us might have in the recording of it. Let us entertain you with the highs and the lows of classroom pets. Like what you hear? Come join our Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/497555223992033/ Or visit us at any of the links below! Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Image credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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December 5, 2018
Episode 17 Stem...Steam...PBL? Decoding the Acronyms
STEM? STEAM? PBL? What's the difference? Give us a listen as we discuss the differences, the reasons for incorporating it in your classroom, as well as some practical tips and tricks for success. Let us entertain you with a few fails of our own, as well! Like what you hear? Visit us at our blogs below! We promise, you won't be sorry you stopped by! Don't forget to comment or rate our podcast! Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Kathie @ http://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Image credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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November 30, 2018
Episode 16 It's A Teacher Thanksgiving!
Mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberries and TURKEY! It's a buffet of Thanksgiving topics for teachers! We're laughing and crying our way through Thanksgiving cocktails, teaching ideas, sing-a-long songs, culturally responsive teaching, and more! You don't want to miss this episode...we PERFORM a head banging rendition of our favorite Thanksgiving song! The words are included for you below! And don't forget to enter our giveaway! It closes this Sunday. You could win $100 for Amazon, Tieks, Starbucks, or Teachers Pay Teachers! Check out the link below! ENTER HERE https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rafflecopter.com%2Frafl%2Fdisplay%2Fa5d60bf35%2F&data=02%7C01%7C%7Cb8616a0429954507beaa08d642b5cc31%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636769745904703434&sdata=JnYUdwKW9Wo6lXVjC0OPdzn4evXr%2BRx2Cg3fA6Fvih0%3D&reserved=0 (To the tune of Frere Jacques) Turkey dinner, turkey dinner, gather round, gather round, who will get the drumstick... yummy, yummy yumstick? All sit down, all sit down. Cornbread muffins, chestnut stuffin' pudding pie, one foot high. All of us were thinner, 'til we came to dinner, me oh, my... me oh, my. Like what you hear? Come visit us at the links below! Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/
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November 14, 2018
Episode 15 Attitudes of Gratitude
Do you have an attitude of gratitude? Do your students? How do you teach gratitude? Join us as we explore books and resources for teaching gratitude, not just in November, but all year long! The research says our brains and our bodies are healthier when we learn how to incorporate gratitude into our daily lives. We end this podcast by THANKING YOU, our listeners, with a $100 giveaway! We've got big things planned. Join us! Want to enter our giveaway? Click this link http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/a5d60bf35/ And visit our blogs! We've linked up to offer some free teaching resources! Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Image credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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November 6, 2018
Episode 14 The Election: Teaching With Intention to Work Through Contention
Join us as we explore approaches to use when you teach about the election. What happens when students have questions that are difficult to answer? How do you remain neutral? How do you discuss American politics today? DO YOU discuss American politics? This podcast can be a starting point for your classroom lessons! Like what you hear? Visit us at Kathie @ https://triedandtrueteachingtools.com Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Image Credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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October 30, 2018
Episode 13 Parents and Students and Teachers...OH MY!
It's that time of year again...parent-teacher conferences. Nothing causes sleepless nights and stomach butterflies like the anxiety we feel as we prepare for conferences. But guess what? Parents get nervous, too! And if you do student-led or student-involved conferences, your students are a bundle of nerves as well. That makes for a lot of anxiety around the conference table. Join us as we share tips and war stories to make your conferencing less anxious! Like what you hear? SUBSCRIBE to WE TEACH SO HARD! Rate us or drop us a comment and tell us what you'd like to hear more of. Or... visit us on our blogs! Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Image credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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October 23, 2018
Episode 12 Halloween Horror or Heaven?
Hey there! What are you going to be for Halloween this year? Sexy pirate? Sexy witch? Sexy panda? Seriously though, come laugh and plan your Halloween survival strategies with us at We Teach So Hard. We've got you covered with some funny stories and expert tips! Like what you hear? Then you need to follow us or rate us! You can also find us on our blogs. We love to write almost as much as we love to talk. Come visit! Tracy @ https://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Image credit: Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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October 18, 2018
Episode 11 Lie #4: You're an Imposter!
Ever feel like you're an imposter? Everyone else around you has it all together or fits the teacher mold, but you're not a REAL teacher, because you're not like them. We ALL feel like this sometimes. Come laugh and commiserate with us as we explore the lie #4, a lie we often tell ourselves! It's the IMPOSTER SYNDROME! No antibiotic needed, we promise! Like what you hear? Comment or rate us! OR...visit us below! Tracy @http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Kathie @https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Image by Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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October 11, 2018
Episode 10 Lie #3 Those Who Can't... Teach
Hush your mouth and raise your hand if you've ever heard the saying, "Those who can do; those who can't, teach." I know, right? Nothing makes us roll our eyes more than that lie. Listen in as we talk shop, laugh a little, and rant a little as we explore lie #3. Don't forget to rate us on iTunes or subscribe! Like what you hear? Consider joining our facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/497555223992033/?ref=bookmarks OR, join us on our blogs! We've got lots of good stuff to share with you! Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Kathie @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/
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October 2, 2018
Episode 9, Lie #2: Nice Girls Don't Speak Up
Girl! Shut your mouth! Ever have anyone tell you that? Nice girls don't talk politics. Nice girls don't stand up when they're being abused by employers. Nice girls don't speak up when it's wrong for kids. Seriously? Speaking up doesn't mean you're a "B----!" Come laugh, cry, and examine why women teachers believe those lies about "nice girls." Like what you hear? Then come visit us in our Facebook group! We're getting ready to begin a book study about emotional resilience for teachers. https://bit.ly/2voXw4C Or, visit us at our blogs! Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Tracy @ https://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com Retta @ https://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/
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September 25, 2018
Episode 8: The Lies Teachers Believe Series - You Are Not Enough
Liar, liar pants on fire! We need to scream it from the rooftops! Society tells us lies about teachers, and we believe them. Join us as we explore lie #1...You are not enough. You know you believe it, at least some of the time. Many of us spiral through a tornado of guilt. Join us as we laugh, rant, and problem solve our way through this belief. Like what you hear? Be sure to SUBSCRIBE or rate us. Or consider joining our facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/497555223992033/?ref=bookmarks Or come visit us at our blogs. We LOVE to share about our classrooms! Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/
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September 19, 2018
Episode 7 Organization Intervention
The dust has settled and the new school year has begun. Your desk is piled with papers and the name tags on your students' desks have begun to peel. How do you maintain your classroom organization when you're drowning in a tidal wave of paper work, reports, data folders, assessments and ungraded papers? Join us as we discuss organizational tricks...like hosting an after school bonfire to manage your paper work... JUST KIDDING! Kind of. If you like what you hear, be sure to visit us in our WE TEACH SO HARD facebook group. We're starting a new book study that we're REALLY excited about. https://www.facebook.com/groups/497555223992033/members/ OR visit us at the links below! Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/
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September 11, 2018
Episode 6 Building Relationships 101
In this latest episode of WE TEACH SO HARD, we explore ways to build relationships with parents and students and share some humor along the way. Give it a listen for some tips and tricks to make your start to the school year smoother. Like what you hear? Then CHECK US OUT! We blog weekly...and it's good stuff...meaty stuff...stuff you wanna have...we promise! Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Kathie @ https://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Image by Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go," "Life of Riley," "March of the Spoons," "Cheery Monday" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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September 5, 2018
Episode 5: Great Books Can Make Your Year Stellar!
Join WE TEACH SO HARD as we talk shop about great back-to-school reads that foster community, conversation, and collaboration. In this episode we explore ways to use picture books with all students, as well as some great chapter books to start your school year. Project ideas abound! Be sure to visit our blogs this month for more ideas and free resources about starting your year off right with winning books. Like what you hear? Then follow us at the links below: Kathie @ http://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ OR join our We TEACH SO HARD Facebook group https://bit.ly/2voXw4C Image by Jennifer Ward "TheShow Must Be Go" "Teddy Bear Waltz" "Cheery Monday" "March of the Spoons" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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August 26, 2018
Episode 4: Setting the Stage With Open House & Parent Curriculum Night
Got the open house blues? Got the curriculum night flop sweats? This episode is just for you! Crickets and second graders running amok work wonders for establishing those parent relationships! This episode of WE TEACH SO HARD is filled with tips and tricks (along with a few nightmare stories) for a successful open house or curriculum night. Like what you hear? Then follow us at the links below: Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Kathie @ http://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ OR join our WE TEACH SO HARD Facebook group https://bit.ly/2voXw4C Image by Jennifer Ward "The Show Must Be Go" "Waltz of the Carnies" "Running Amok""March of the Spoons""Cheery Monday" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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August 22, 2018
When Your Team Isn't A Dream
Most every teacher has encountered this: A team that isn't a dream. Sometimes, the experiences are humorous. Sometimes, they are soul-crushing. What do you do when your teaching team is the stuff of nightmares? WE TEACH SO HARD commiserates, laughs, and discusses some tips for surviving a hard teaching situation. Don't forget to follow us so you don't miss one single podcast! Like what you hear? You can find us below, too, where we blog about our teaching journeys. Or, join our facebook group, We Teach So Hard! Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Kathie @ http://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ Our facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/497555223992033/?ref=bookmarks
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August 15, 2018
Keeping It Real On The First Day Of School
The fearsome foursome share tips and ideas for a successful first day, as well as how to wash the parent nose prints off your classroom windows. Listen for fun activities to teach classroom procedures, foster community, and thrive instead of survive. Share your favorite 1st day ideas in the comments! Like what you hear? Then follow us at the links below: Tracy @ http://mossyoakmusings.blogspot.com/ Kathie @ http://www.triedandtrueteachingtools.com/ Deann @ https://socrateslantern.com/ Retta @ http://rainbowcitylearning.blogspot.com/ OR join our WE TEACH SO HARD FACEBOOK GROUP https://bit.ly/2voXw4C "The Show Must Be Go," "March of the Spoons," "Cheery Monday," "Doobly Doo," Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
20:30
August 8, 2018
Episode 1: Classroom Set-up Drama
Join us, Retta, Kathie, Tracy & Deann, as we laugh and cry over classroom set-up drama...waxed floors, no air conditioning, emergency room mishaps and mansweat! Plus, some tips for making your set up go smoother. When Retta's not knitting knockers, you'll find her sprinkling glitter in hopes of making the world a better place. When Tracy's not strumming her ukulele at midnight, you'll find her hugging trees on the trail. When Kathie's not attending high tea, you'll find her in tree pose, attempting serenity. When Deann's not time trekking through history, you'll find her with her husky, fighting rabbits in the garden. Together, we're 4 friends from across the country who've discovered that if you don't laugh, you cry and lose sight of your why! We're glad you're here!
19:59
August 1, 2018
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