Thriving and Surviving

the good, the bad, and the funny about daily living, surviving cancer, and teaching kids with special needs

Teacher’s Convention 2016

Myrtle Beach 2016 This past week, I was able to attend the annual teacher’s convention in Myrtle Beach with my colleagues. The last time our school went to Myrtle Beach for the Southeast Christian School Association, I had just been diagnosed with a… Continue Reading →

One Size Does NOT Fit All! Differentiating Education: Including Special Needs Children in the Regular Classroom

Differentiated education is a relatively new term for a style of teaching that describes instruction that includes a variety of methods for teaching and accessing all learners. Every year teachers are presented with a new classroom full of students. Some… Continue Reading →

ADHD – It’s a Reason, Not an Excuse


Kayla Becomes a Farmer

it’s the Joyners v the moles Gardening is not our thing…..But today three of the Joyner family went to one of our favorite places on the planet – seriously! – the North Carolina Farmers Market – where we picked up… Continue Reading →

Traditions – Necessary or Overrated?

I think we have a pretty tight, loving, loyal family.  In fact, I KNOW we do!  But even knowing this, I still question whether or not I am “doing it right” when I see what other mothers are posting on… Continue Reading →

Doing the Hard Things…Sincerely, A Quitter

By Erica Baldwin 38-year-old mom of one human person and one fur baby, wife, and chronic illness survivor. Living isn’t for the faint of heart! My life as a quitter I have a (not-so-surprising) confession: I have zero endurance. I… Continue Reading →

Lisa Gets the Flu

The flu I avoided it as long as I could, but I could not hold my own against one sneaky flu germ.  I thought I had protected myself well enough with hand sanitizer, soap and water, and hundreds of Lysol… Continue Reading →

Parenting with the Ten Commandments: Thou Shalt Not Steal

The Memory Dump I teach a Bible class to foreign exchange students, and last month I went through the Ten Commandments.  In the middle of my explanation of the Eighth Commandment, my mind pulled out a memory from about 45… Continue Reading →

Invisible Learning Disabilities

Children come in all shapes and sizes, colors and shades, abilities and disabilities.  Some of their differences are visible at first glance, but their most important differences are under the surface, hidden from view. What kinds of disabilities are obvious?… Continue Reading →

Not What I Had in Mind – How I Ended Up in Special Education

Nineteen years is a long time!  I had to use both hands – twice! – to count up the number of years that I have been teaching.  The fact that I’m a teacher at all is a surprise to me!… Continue Reading →

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