Tuesday, July 28, 2015

#TeacherFriends Twitter Chat "Creating Classroom Kindness" with Author Maria Dismondy!

We have a new #GuestEduCelebrity for tonight! 
Join us on the hashtag #TeacherFriends 
to join the conversation tonight 7/28: 

"Creating Classroom Kindness" 

Let's brainstorm together about kindness, 
filling buckets, paying-it-forward, community service and
character education. 

What better way to improve our world? 
Improve the 'culture' of our classrooms.

Tonight we welcome author Maria Dismondy 
to our spotlight!
Come hear her insight. 
Share yours. 
Learn the experience of your peers. 


Two lucky winners will each receive a copy of her book! 

*We will be tweeting a link to our Google Doc 
where you enter your info for ALL the prizes. 
{You just need to enter once during the whole evening.}

In an effort to support your experience with your peers, 
I have been building a 'slide' of the outline of our whole evening together. 

This turns our chat into an "open-book chat." 

You are WELCOME to schedule your response(s) to each of the questions above. 
Just schedule your answer in the minute that follows the question. 

I schedule everything via TWEETDECK. 

Be SURE to schedule your answers so that they will go live in the EST time zone.
*Your response needs to go live after 9:06 EST for Q1.

As a fellow picture book author,
I look forward to sharing my work in response to the questions Maria will be answering as outlined above. 

We are working at using our networking at the hashtag 


 to garner further visibility for YOUR edu-products + edu-crafts. 

Contact me and we can talk about available dates and rates. YOU can be the official sponsor of one of our upcoming chats! 

Take a look at the upcoming guests and get back to me!
We have exciting plans on the horizon!  

Sunday, July 26, 2015

My Webinar Goes International and Hits #1! FREE PD Credit!


Here's the LINK for your watching!

What do Costa Rica, Newfoundland, Honduras, the Virgin Islands, Morocco, Paris, the Ukraine and Freeport, Bahamas all have in common? What if you throw Alaska into the mix, will that help your guessing process? 

Yes. Each of those diverse places on the globe was represented by an individual interested in the quality of Early Childhood Education at my webinar last week. Each of those global destinations was a part of the roll call of 619 who came 'in real time' to watch my webinar! 

Yes. My passport is up-to-date and I'm willing to meet my #TeacherFriends IRL! 

Teachers! Parents! You name it. They were in attendance. 

Frog Street Press really knows how to support the ECE community! They offer a monthly webinar and you can receive credit for attending each one. This month, I got to be the lead off batter for SPLASH! Perfect timing! Their catalog of past presentations reads like a "Who's Who" and I'm delighted to get to tag along with the dignitaries!

Early Childhool Learning Solutions Poster 1 

Click through to attend the recording of the earlier webinars.
{You have to 'open-an-account' and then you're in.} 

Dr. Marianne Gibbs Fine Motor Skills
Mary Jo Huff Storytelling 
Steve Spangler Science 
Kim Vij: Teachers Maximize Pinterest  
LITTLE OL' ME: DEBBIE CLEMENT: Making Monday Matter!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Praise Report: Kindness & Scripture!

I'm not sure if you've noticed how many amazing things have been happening in my life this year? There have been so many things to share since I began documenting all of the joy and support. This week goes to the top of the list. 

You've maybe heard me yammering on and on about our #TeacherFriends twitter chat? This is the week one of my cyber friends became a friend IRL {yup: #InRealLife!} 

I had been giving a WI shout out to Lisa whenever she joined us, and genuinely hoped we'd meet if she ever had a chance to come to Door County this summer. It happened. She drove across the state this week. Bearing THE.MOST.INCREDIBLE.GIFT!!! 

Nestled deep in the tissue paper was a Mason Jar...... 
filled with bright colored paper strips. 
Strips with scripture verses, 
the scripture verses that Lisa has read in my blog 
since I started my Praise Reports.

"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which spitefully use you, and persecute you." Matthew 5:44
"Assuredly, the evil man will not go unpunished, but the descendants of the righteous will be delivered." Proverbs 11:21
"For it is indeed just of God to repay with affliction those who afflict you and to give relief to the afflicted." Thessalonians 2:3-7
"Ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day." Genesis 50:20

"Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.... The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace." Exodus 14:13-14
"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19
"In my distress I called upon the Lord, Yes, I cried to my God; and from His temple He heard my voice, And my cry for help came into His ears." 2 Samuel 22:7
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
"And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith." Matthew 21:22
"And God is able to bless you abundantly so that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." 2 Corinthians 9:8

It is an incredible, unique person that has an idea like this. 
It is an amazing person that follows through and pulls it together. 

It is a one-of-a-kind person that drives across the state to hand deliver encouragement in a jar!!! 

If there was any question in your mind........... 
here is yet more evidence that I am blessed beyond measure. 

The three of us spent an incredible evening together, 
counting the Plein Air artists around Fish Creek 
{and chasing ducks.}

The annual Plein Air Festival is my favorite week of the year! 
We were able to attend both of the paint-offs
and lots of the scheduled painting locations. 

Susan Hale at the Edgewood Orchard Gallery

It is so inspiring to see raw talent in action. 
The weather was truly post card memorable. 

The garden's are absolutely in their prime. 
Color everywhere. 

My sister Rebecca and brother-in-law Dale drove up from Georgia for the week. 

We've so much fun together! 
They know their way around this trip.
Here's the view at 'Fred and Fuzzy's' for our annual lunch. 

What's a Praise report without God's sunset? 

This one was at Peninsula Players. 
We were surprised with a present of a set of tickets from our sweet niece. 

Today was the final 'paint-off' in Sister Bay. 
As much as I LUV to watch the professionals in action.......... 

I LUV LUV LUV to see the children paint at water's edge. 

In the midst of all of the painting and the gardens, 
I had my first ever webinar. 
Sponsored by Frog Street Press and hosted by edWeb.net. 

I'll have to share more about that tomorrow. 
Let's just summarize that the event was INTERNATIONAL!

We were NUMBER ONE for the week! 

It is now recorded and can be watched at your leisure! 

Yes. All of that happened in a week! 
Yes. That's actually just the tip of the ice burg of joy and gratitude.

***We had our largest order of Wobble Seats come in from SD.
The order was for the TEEN size, 
for eighth graders! 
Plus they are going to do a study on their effectiveness! 
Can't wait for the feedback.

As always, our daughter Sarah is in need of folks willing to host a cyber party at Younique. 

Just let me know and I'll get you connected.
Yup. That's me on the fourth horse!
So many blessings! So very many blessings! 
Your prayers of support are so VERY VERY VERY appreciated. 
Thank you! 

   -- Debbie 

Monday, July 20, 2015

#TeacherFriends Twitter Chat: Celebrate Writing with Randee Bergen

Tuesday's on the horizon! 
Time to join your #TeacherFriends for a Twitter Chat. 

What? You're still sitting on the sidelines? 
Haven't joined us yet? 

Make the decision to join us this week! 
You'll be glad that you did. 

We have Randee Bergen in the spotlight this week
as our #GuestEduCelebrity!

Our topic for the evening is: 
"Celebrating the Writing Process."

We started out last summer as a 'practice' chat and my goal was to have a warm fuzzy place for people to learn how to enter the BIG chats: to grow their PLN {Professional Learning Network} and have support 24/7. 

We've grown into something pretty amazing.

In an effort to continue to support newbies taking the plunge, we continue to gather 30 minutes ahead of time for a VERY informal ramp up, that we call EarlyBirds. 

I lob out a couple of easy-peasy questions and you answer with our hashtag #TeacherFriends. 

Because we have gathered so many friends, the chat feed can indeed get moving VERY VERY fast. Like greased lightening! Knowing that going in is helpful. 

Last week was our second chat to "trend" and our hashtag was just behind PLUTO! 

In a further effort to support newbies, I've been getting the questions for the evening outlined for you to chew on ahead of time. You are WELCOME to schedule your responses in the minute(s) that follow each question.  

Most of us use Tweetdeck.com [FREEEEEEE] to schedule our responses. You set up a 'column' with our hashtag and that helps you to read/scroll through all of the responses. Just know that you won't be able to keep up in real time.... especially once you start answering. 

Bring a friend. That always makes things more fun. 

We always have prizes and this week is no exception.
Be sure to get your name and info into the Google Doc that will be tweeted beginning at 8:30 PM EST. Another reason to arrive earlier. 

The newest news in our ongoing growth and evolution is that our chat is now accepting paid sponsorships. The sponsors will receive visibility for their product or service, on slides tweeted during the course of the chat.

All four of us are grateful to PHUN Homework
for taking our very first PAID SPONSORSHIP! 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Praise Report: Death, Trash Picking, Garage Sale, Snail Mail and Heaven

Image from this article at Patman 

Faith grows in the midst of daily challenges. 

Or more accurately: Faith has the opportunity to grow in the midst of this day and the challenges of this day. In the midst of our daily walk, here in the land of gravity and taxes and man's inhumanity-to-man and the power of the internet and cellulite and death and heaven's door and kindness and chronic pain and daisies and an incessant barking dog. Here where we are. Here. Where we rub elbows with Earth's boundaries we learn about our walk-with-faith. In the reality of our day's story, today, we learn about faith. Our faith. Our foundation.  

Growth and change and faith and life and death and trash picking and Twitter trending and webinar practice and snail mail and custody battles and pumped up mascara and storms and a garage sale have much to teach me. People. At their glorious best, at their absolute worst, and at their 'not-so-much.' Faith where the rubber meets the road. Faith in the day-to-day, beyond the pews. That's where you learn about people. That's where you practice faith. 

Grandma Alta at Noelle's wedding weekend, this is at the picnic rehearsal dinner fun

This last week was full to the brim with emotion, reflection and reality. This past week was the moment in time when the grandmother of my daughters died. Unexpectedly. That Grandma-Nana-Alta had a long life of contribution and family and got to live to see and be surrounded by her great-grand-children's antics and developing personalities: that was a gift. A gift that was celebrated this week, amid much emotion. 

Accidents and brain surgery and removing life support all in a few hours time, compound the level of emotion for all. Truly. 

Focusing next on the stories and the happy memories are a fitting tribute in the midst of everything changing in an instant. The evenings of hilarity around the card table and the simple delight in an episode of Jeopardy. The small slivers of shared appreciation. The glimmers of a remembered picnic with deviled eggs. Dominoes. Hand crocheted baby hats. The arrival of a dozen red roses on my fortieth birthday. Alta's life is now written with an end date. What remains is legacy. Faith. 

Alta's life here in our midst has ended. That she was able to be surrounded by those that loved her as she left Earth, only to be surrounded in an instant by those in Heaven who have always loved her.... offers our greatest consolation. 

So this week I have had a lot to consider. Praise report. Death and heaven and trash picking oh. And Twitter trending.
Let's shift gears from the ultimate consideration of heaven to the most mundane detail of my daily living. I know that's abrupt to say the least. Last week started with such an amazing #GodThing nuance 'coincidence' that it deserves documentation. Here. To remind me always. If you've been reading along, you are up-to-date that we've quite unexpectedly sold our summer home-haven of the last ten years and are renting in very modest surroundings so that we can continue our season of sunsets on our adopted peninsula.

Our little rental digs came complete with a TV AND cable. Sounds great? Oui-oui? That said TV dates back to an earlier decade and is roughly the size of my computer screen is quite fitting of our spartan surroundings. I asked sweet hubby to please connect us to our streaming favorite shows. He explained that the TV is too old to connect via his normal sorcery to the BIG source of shows. Thud. We don't watch TV in real time. Adjustment. New evenings ahead. Hmmmm. Sorta like mosquitoes or poison ivy. Constant irritation. Adjustment. Read a book perhaps? Breathe. Accept. 

Here's where the Praise Report comes in to play. After Allen's very specific explanation to me on why said TV could not produce our 'style' of television, the very next morning he went to deliver our collected recycle cast offs to the recycle bins. There sitting next to the recycle dumpster, was a 36" screen TV! "Ask and you will receive." 

Now. In all honesty. The two of us did NOT sit here in our spartan setting and pray over our lack of TV technology. We merely acknowledged it together and accepted that life is different this summer. Then VOILA! Within 12 hours of that conversation, he is lugging this massive (by comparison) TV into our mini-meager living room/kitchen/life. 

We're both laughing that it can't possibly work, right? Who would throw out a television that works? Of course you've already guessed the conclusion, I'm sure. Yes. Of course. It works! Not only does it work on every channel in MEGA glory, but it has the magic sorcery to connect to our streaming world. 

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."  Matthew 7:7 

Can it really be that simple? Ask and receive? I give you evidence of that unconditional truth. Moral to the story? You receive gifts when you recycle. It PAYS to recycle. We are a story of recycling in progress. Thank you kind folks who outgrew this TV. We will appreciate your kindness daily. Your timing was perfect. In every way possible. 

What else. 

Our #TeacherFriends Twitter chat 'trended' for the second time. That this grandmother knows what that means is even slightly more hilarious. This week we were second behind Pluto's hashtag, on Tuesday night, in real time. {The first time we trended we were behind the US Women's Soccer hashtag.} What does that mean in the grand scheme of things? Hashtags. Pluto. Heaven. Friends.

Life and death. Trash picking and Twitter Trending. 

When I think about life and legacy and my own efforts.... when I bring myself to encapsulate my work to one word, yesterday the first word that came to me was: CONTRIBUTION. I stand before you today, aware that our efforts together on Twitter have contributed to teachers around the globe. When I had the meager idea of creating a safe hashtag landing area for teachers to "practice" chatting on Twitter, little did I ever realize in my wildest dreams that we would TREND right behind Pluto. Isn't it amazing what heaven can do with the smallest seed planted in faith.

Last week was also the final tech-walk-through for my webinar of THIS week. [It didn't go smoothly.] What's that stuff about dress rehearsal? SO THRILLING to envision it going well. I got an email on Friday from FrogStreet saying that 1,032 people have ALREADY pre-registered for "Making Monday Matter." Typically about 50% attend in real time, the rest attend at their leisure and watch the archive. IS THAT INCREDIBLE? You still have plenty of time to get registered. Just pop over here and bring a friend. It will be fascinating to see how it turns out, when I report next week. Send your tech prayers to my address.

That's not enough fun for one week. Not at all. 

Yesterday was our "stuff" sale at the annual "Stuff-O-Rama." Participating in a flea market/garage sale with your accumulation of moving sale "stuff" is enlightening in and of itself. Trinkets and treasures from a life of our past, that do not belong in our projected life of the future. Meanwhile Alta's children and grands are going through her shelves and basement. The things we save. The things we gather. The stuff that surrounds us and in some way reflects us. How can we keep our stuff from defining us? How does the stuff that surrounds us insulate us from the world. Goodness sakes. Food for thought. On the upside, we did 'profit' over our expenditure for the space. YEAH GOD! 

My most unexpected blessings 'out-of-the-clear-blue' of the week have come via our Post Office Box and the United States mail. The fact that our forwarded mail would catch up also fills me with happy gratitude. This week I was brought to tears by two different manila envelopes bearing my name. 

It seems I have new evidence of making a "CONTRIBUTION." 

The first package came from a sweet 'fan' {friend} that I haven't seen since 2005. She told me that fact on the phone, when she called to order three copies of "You're Wonderful." It suddenly occurred to her that my first picture book would be the perfect gift to take to Italy to share with her brand new Italian family by upcoming marriage. She then went on to send me a thank you gift for prioritizing getting my books to her before their international departure. 

She sent me my very own 'rainbow-maker.' She told me that I have brought color to so many and she wanted to repay the favor. Yes. Those rainbows glimmer and bounce across the floor and wall. Cathy was completely and totally unaware of any of our recent extended family drama. She put our whole recent interaction down to the coincidence of a #GodWink. She even recommended the book to me that I have recommended here earlier. How grateful I am for her kindness and her prayers and the rainbows that will continue to fascinate me and remind me of God's promise.

"Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth."  Genesis 9:16

My song, "God Did" is a favorite. The arrangement is incredible. The message simple. It is probably the least familiar song, to even my avid fans. I am seldom at liberty to teach this meaningful song at conferences. Yet, in private conversations with participants I can direct individuals to it. Here's a glimpse at the kindness sent to me with stamps. Reinforcement that my contribution is genuine. In a week of reflection on legacy, the package forwarded arrived with Divine timing.

I have "God Did" in a digital file as an Mp3 for a FREE download at our site PreK and K Sharing site. Go to this link for your FREE copy. Download. Use it during Bible School. Teach it in Sunday School. Share it at your faith based preschool. I am so grateful that I can contribute to your program, to your family, to your center. I am so grateful to Michele for taking the time to communicate her site's use of my work. YEAH GOD! 

Heaven. Trash Picking. Garage Sale. Snail Mail. Heaven. 

Image Source 
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

The realities of the backdrop of our family's story have not changed an iota. If anything they have grown more stressed under this week's loss. We all appreciate your steadfast and continued prayers. 

We have scriptural support and assurance. We carry on. We work hard NOT to grow weary in the face of doing good. When in doubt I also continue with my mantra, "Vengeance is mine says the Lord." 
This was ironically also the week that Younique released the much heralded newly improved mascara. There is MUCH fanfare and excitement about the improvements. Sarah's need for new hostess continues as always. Can you help? Would you be willing to host a cyber-party? 

Thank you one and all for your support and encouragement. 

I realize that this is not all a seamlessly smooth look at faith. It is just an overview. A slice. Faith in the reality. 


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

FREE Webinar: "Making Monday Matter: Trust & Affirmation" TY FrogStreet!

FREE Webinar "Making Monday Matter!" with Debbie Clement, Fusing the Arts and Early Literacy. Earn continuing education credit for participation


 I am launching my TWENTIETH year as a 'music-lady!'
My company, Rainbows Within Reach has entered year #20! 
Raise your cupcakes to the sky and shake your pompoms! 
I have a LOT to celebrate!

My greatest appreciation comes from others who have supported my work. 
I am so very grateful to FrogStreet for an amazing opportunity to share with you!

You may have the 'summer off'' from your day-to-day classroom responsibilities..... 
you may not. 

Are you planning to attend summer conferences to add to your professional development? 
I know that if you are here, you are interested in providing the very best to the children in your life. 



FREE Webinar "Making Monday Matter!" with Debbie Clement, Fusing the Arts and Early Literacy. Earn continuing education credit for participation


Professional Development that you can attend in your bathing suit..... 

Need to attend in your PJs once the kids are asleep? 
The entire webinar will be archived for your ease in watching.  

Join me on July 23rd at 3:00 PM EST for:

"Making Monday Matter!" 

Early Childhool Learning Solutions Poster 1

I can not tell you what a complete thrill it is to be in the first dozen presenters of FrogStreet's sponsorship of this continuing education opportunity. 

We can only accept a gazillion or two people at once! 

Tell your friend! Attend together! 

Thanks for your support! I am so appreciative of your pins!

Thanks for your support! I am so appreciative of your pins!
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