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I started as a bilingual teacher in PVUSD in 1985, homeschooled my own kids, and have been working at Ocean Alternative to support homeschooling families since 2005. I also teach writing online to homeschoolers all over the world. I'm most passionate about literacy, writing, math, theater, film, and art.

I'm a life-long learner, writer, and artist!


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Semester 1 2018-2019

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Habits of Mind


Education should prepare all young people to deal well with the real challenges of life. It should enable them to deal with tricky situations, learn difficult things, and think clearly and ethically about what matters.


A “Habit of Mind” means having a disposition toward behaving intelligently when confronted with problems.



2018-2019 Conference Record Time Chunks

The following are the dates for the minimum number of consultant meeting time-periods for the 2018-2019 school year, four each semester, approximately 20-24 student attendance days; some recording periods include holiday breaks, making them span a longer time chunk on the calendar.
Time Chunks First Semester (94 student days)           
☆Time Chunk #1: August 22—September 25 (24 student days, two meetings)                
★Time Chunk #2: September 26—October 26 (23 student days)  
★Time Chunk #3: October 29—December 7 (24 student days)
☆Time Chunk #4: December 10—January 25 (23 student days)  
Time Chunks Second Semester (86 student days)      
☉Time Chunk #5: January 29—March 1 (22 student days)                
★Time Chunk #6: March 4—April 9 (22 student days)      
★Time Chunk #7: April 10—May 8 (21 student days)
☆Time Chunk #8: May 9—June 7 (21 student days)          
We should meet at least once per time period. Please be sure to schedule* a time for us to meet within each time chunk.
Student work should be brought to every meeting. Student work is essential for reviewing your child’s progress and supporting you and your child.
Samples are evidence of your child’s work that is collected for their academic file. It is your responsibility to bring samples, reviewed by the parent, with the appropriate information written on them. Student work will be reviewed at every meeting but samples may not be collected at all meetings.
For a time period where I am collecting samples, I will need a minimum of one sample per subject area—with the following written on each sample:
  • student name (preferably written by the student)
  • the subject area (Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Art/Music)teacher (that’s you!)
  • feedback to show that you’ve interacted with the work.
Please prepare this packet of samples from within  the time period. We can use the meeting time in the way that works best for us, maximizing time to review and share what you’ve done, what you’ve noticed or have concerns about, and what you want to take on next. We can also use the time to focus on a particular subject area or skill development and to build relationship and passion for learning.