Monday, December 8, 2014

A night at the movies.  That’s where the idea to start this blog first began.  Sitting down with my popcorn, I had turned to talk with my husband when I was suddenly approached by a young girl in her twenties.  She introduced herself as a student of mine that had been in my classroom almost 15 years ago.  As she began talking, the years melted away and I once again recognized that familiar twinkle in her eyes.  After catching up with her latest adventures, she told me something that I’ll always remember.  “Mrs. Blevins, I just wanted to say hi to you.  You were always one of my favorite teachers because you made learning fun!  I still remember that stuff you brought in for us to taste when we were studying explorers (hard tack) and the timeline that we made that reached the whole way down the hall!  That was so much fun!” After we chatted a little longer, I thanked her for her kind words and reflected on what she had said.  I thought about her words and it made me a little sad.  I realized then and there how much I had let the system rob me of the ability to “make learning fun” on a daily basis like I used to do all the time!  It didn’t happen instantly; it was a gradual progression.  How many times did a thought about a fun activity cross my mind only to be chased away by the pressure of getting another test prep lesson done or one more standard covered?  From this chance encounter in a dark theater, I realized, quite suddenly, the need to have a place where I could share and collaborate with others to bring that creativity back to life!  That is, quite simply, my intention for this blog.  So, if you are a teacher who may need that extra boost to rekindle that little spark inside all good teachers, you’ve come to the right place. Welcome!  Let’s inspire each other together and make it a goal to “make learning fun” once again!


  1. I love this post! What a great reminder to us all about what really touches and leaves a lasting impression for our students!
    Happy New Year!

  2. Thank you! It certainly made an impression on me about our importance and influence as educators of young people!