The Summer Project

Ahhh… the days of no mandatory reading, writing, and studying have finally arrived. I now have time to read, write, and study when I want and what I want. Well, kind of. But that is a different topic for a different day.

This summer I am switching my blog Reading, Writing & Coffee on WordPress to Read. Write. Sparkle. Coffee on Blogger! I have become overally thrilled with all things google (well except Google+) and would like to include this change in my digital toolbox. To be honest, I also miss Blogger.


So, this is my last post here at Reading, Writing & Coffee. It is a place I will always remember. It was here I made the decision to become a middle school English Language Arts teacher!

As I sort through each post written on these webpages, I will be creating an Alphabeticaly Table of Contents to remain on this blog. As I remove articles from WordPress, links will become outdated and no longer available on the World Wide Web. As a reader comes to a cannot be found link, they will be redirected to the Table of Contents to find this post at Read. Write. Sparkle. Coffee.

This is a grand project; however, I look forward to reflecting on my experiences that I have had over the last few years on WordPress.

Read. Write. Sparkle. Coffee. is live during construction. As I transfer articles over, I plan on sharing new material as well. I currently have an idea brewing as I write this one! (The one that discusses not reading, writing, and studying everything that I want this summer). Please join me at You can also stay connected with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.


Jeanie Cullip Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Jeanie Cullip of Twin Falls, Idaho, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Cullip was initiated at Idaho State University.

Cullip is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines. Its mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”

More About Phi Kappa Phi

Since its founding, 1.5 million members have been initiated into Phi Kappa Phi. Some of the organization’s notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. The Society has awarded approximately $15 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, $1.4 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives. For more information, visit

A lesson in motherhood learned from the last supper

memoirs_wide-a2a9b994b77ed171eef72e3030bc0bc56eb39c71-s900-c85This morning I read the well-known story from Luke 22:19-30. My mind began wandering at the beginning of the story for I have read it over and over and over before. So I took a moment to pray and asked God to show it to me with a new perspective… and HE did!

Jesus was the leader of 12 men, young men some even we would call boys. He was gathering them together knowing that this was His last night with them. He wanted this night to be special,  He wanted to make it meaningful.  He also wanted to make sure that they knew what was happening.
As a mom I have been there. I have had moments that I have wanted it to be special, I had really important news to share or I wanted to let the family know what was happening..
The disciples began an argument of who was not going to deceive Jesus and then to make matters worse they began boasting about one another and arguing about who was better than the other.
I have three boys… this is very familiar! They can argue with one another about anything, yet I always say to myself well they are just boys … and boys will be boys.
Boys will be boys.. even in front of Jesus! They did not sit at the table properly, they did not speak quietly and they did not give their leader the respect that He deserved.
Moms if you have ever felt like maybe you were doing something wrong because you cannot get your children to behave at the dinner table for a conversation.. then remember the Lord’s Supper.  These boys were with God in the flesh and they still were boys!
But the lesson did not stop there.. It is what Jesus did not do as the leader at the table.  He did not start banging on the table yelling, “order, order” nor did He raise His glass and clang it a couple of times to get the attention of these unruly boys during His last meal. He did not get up and leave, storm out of the room and wait for the commotion to stop.  (Something I may have done,  along with being emotional cause my children wont listen to me)
No, that is NOT what He did. What He did do was remove his fine clothing, wrapped a towel around His waist filled a basin with water sat on the ground and began washing their feet! He began to serve them.  He continued to show them His love for them. He began to teach them how to live.  He did not yell or punish them for their behavior, or make them miss the rest of the dinner by excusing them from the table. He could have told another parable about a master washing his servants feet, He could have given them a lecture on the importance of serving others. But He didn’t.
Jesus is a true leader who genuinely loves His disciples. He wants the best of them, He wants them to learn so they can share what they have been taught to others. He did that by doing it.
As a mom I can learn a lot about raising my children from Jesus in this moment. This one-act of servant-hood changes my view of how I discipline my children, how I try to teach them, how I try to do the things I think they should do.
Thank you Jesus, for giving us so many learning opportunities in all that you did. You taught as a leader of a group. Whether it is our small group, our church, at work or at home. You have shown us the way that we must lead one another. Thank you Jesus. Help me be the leader of my children as a mom in my home. Guide me in showing them what it is like to lead. I love you so much. Forgive me for trying to do things my own way. Give me the strength to change the way I have been doing them, the courage to stand and the courage to wash their feet! Amen

What I Wore Last Week: Red Edition

The color of the week was red! Monday and Tuesday I wore Red for Public Education & Friday was Wear Red for Women’s Heart Health awareness. 

I started completing a style challenge this month on Instagram. This gives me assistance with what to wear each day! A topic is given and we can put our own personal spin on it. February 1st was Black Beauty and the 3rd was Jeans & Jewlery ( I did not participate on the 2nd, I took a personal day).

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What I Wore Last Week

Here is my collection of outfits for last week. See details of each day on Instagram! Linking up with Pleated Poppy, What I Wore Wednesday. Let me know that you came by, I would love to connect with you. 

What I Wore Last Week

I have been doing some fashion blogging on Instagram, sharing my outfit for the day. It has been a lot of fun, trying something new and meeting new people. Here is an overview of last week!


Each day I share a quote and details of the outfit/ accessories that I wore. You can find me on instagram here, go head over there and follow me! Linking up with appeared Poppy on What I Wore Wednesday, head on over there to see what everybody is wearing...

Educational Technology Context & Foundation

I absolutely love my Instructional Technology course I am taking this semester at ISU! Integrating technology into all aspects of the classroom to benefit both student and teacher is extremely important to me. Part of the requirement of this class will be to create a Philosophy of our own in regards to placing tecnhlogy into the classroom. In order for us to complete this, through the course we are finding professional resources and material within our textbook to expand and define our current technology ideals.

Here is my takeaways from our readings this week:

     In Chapter 1 of our textbook, Roblyer states,

For the processes, or instructional procedures for applying tools, we look to … applications of technology that help prepare students for future jobs by teaching them skills in using current tools, as well as skills in ‘learning to learn’ about tools of the future that have not yet been invented – or even imagined (p. 5).

     I find the idea of “learning to learn about tools of the future” to be an extremely important guide in today’s teaching of technology and preparing our students for the future. This changes the focus of learning technology, we need to learn enough to complete the tasks we are to complete; however, its not about having lessons on the particular technology that we know it deeply as software, hardware, etc changes so rapidly. Yet we should direct lessons on the ability of learning to learn. Being able to take the basic knowledge and apply it to any program that comes our way. I read once that computer programmers, computer design students, and the like graduate with a degree with most of the information they have learned is outdated. Similar to our students, It is important for them to know how to learn and adapt to the rapidly changing technology in our world. 

     In Chapter 1 of our textbook research completed by Devaney in 2010 teaches us, 

Schools with one-to- one computing programs had fewer discipline problems, lower dropout rates, and higher rates of college attendance (p. 22).

     I am not surprised by such research results. As a future teacher, I would love to adapt or be apart of a school in which is involved within a 1:1. Eliminating factors of students not having the technology accessible in and outside of the classroom. This research on technology in education tells us that there are many more benefits to the use than what we originally thought. My thought that the fewer discipline problems, lower dropout rates, and higher rates of college attendance is in the idea that students are engaged, lessons are adaptable to many learning styles, and they feel better prepared to go on to higher education because of their experience!

     In Chapter 2 of our textbook, Roblyer states, 

Teachers will always use some directed instruction as the most efficient means of teaching required skills; teachers will always need motivating, cooperative learning activities to ensure that students want to learn and that they can transfer what they learn to problems they encounter. Proficient technology-orientated teachers must learn to combine directed instruction and constructivist approaches and to select technology resources and integration methods that are best suited to their specific needs (p. 49).

     I tend to lean toward the constructivist methods, ideologies, and epistemologies in the modern day classroom. It is innovative, collective; it is about movement and collaboration. It is appealing to me as a teacher to make the classroom appealing to today’s student. Yet there is an importance in the ideals and methods of directed instruction. As a future teacher and as I go about creating my integrating technology philosophy is in important to develop a balance between the two.

Roblyer, M.D. (2016). Integrating educational technology into teaching (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson             Education, Inc.