Wonder Lead Ambassador

Carol Varsalona

Joined 1 year ago

I have been a lifelong learner and wonderer my entire life. As a child, curiosity allowed my mind to wander to imaginative places and seek answers. My mother and grandmother whose creative talents were boundless fostered my flights into the world of creativity. Appreciating the gifts of reading, writing, art, and learning at a very young age, led me to creative outlets and a long teaching and administrative career in the field of literacy. I continue to notice and wonder about life, learning, and literacy; write with passion and an observant eye; ardently champion voice as a means to be creatively expressive, and passionately promote positivity during my unretirement days as an ELA Consultant. Being one of Wonderopolis’ Wonder Lead Ambassadors is an honor and will provide the opportunity to continue to impact teaching and learning in a broader sense. Besides being an educator, I am: -Co-moderator of #NYEDChat, the voice of New York State educators and beyond where I continually invite educators and colleagues from across the globe to join in timely discussions -Writer/creator of the "Reflect With Me Galleries of Artistic Expressions" that connect literacy, the arts, and technology, bringing a sense of voice through poetry and photography to the public eye -Blogger and member of the following social media communities: Celebrate This Week, DigiLit Sunday, Poetry Friday, Slice of Life, Spiritual Journey Thursday -Presenter at local, regional, state, and national conferences -Executive Board Member and Editor of the Long Island Language Arts Council -Member of the following literary associations: International Literacy Council, Nassau Reading Council, National Council of Teachers of English, New York State English Council

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May 18, 2017

Wonder Bundle #3: Uninspired?

“Don’t waste time waiting for inspiration. Begin, and inspiration will find you.” -H. Jackson Brown Jr. Have you ever felt uninspired? Is your ...

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May 11, 2017

Choice Leads to Voice: Wonder Bundle #2

On Twitter, there have been many thoughts exchanged by educators on the topic of choice. It is often found in student-centered classrooms where there ...

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Apr 24, 2017

Wonder Bundle #1: How Can You Make Earth a Better Place?

URGENT MESSAGE:As residents of the earth, we need to take on the role of stewards, keep watch over the bountiful creation provided us, and teach ...

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Apr 15, 2017

Creativity and Wonder

Creativity and wonder move in accordance from season to season. While winter has transitioned into springtime, I continue to write daily to spark the ...

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Feb 23, 2017

Wonderopolis Opens Doors

As a confirmed wonderer, I have always believed in the power of noticing and wondering to open my eyes to what is before me. Curiosity has led me ...

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Jan 30, 2017

Kindness In 5 Words

Have you ever wondered how you could brighten someone's day? Wonderopolis provides a quick answer for teachers and children who are interested in ...

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Jan 26, 2017

Under The Weather

Have you ever felt "under the weather"? Being ill is no fun, especially around New Year's. At the start of the new year, I began to feel the effects ...

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Sep 11, 2016

Sharing Acts of Kindness on September 11th

Today is the remembrance of September 11, 2001. You might wish to share a random act of kindness as a gesture of good will and human spirit. For ...

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Sep 4, 2016

Telling Our Stories Digitally

Telling our stories through photographs is a practice that has been ongoing since the camera became a prized possession. What is interesting is that ...

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May 19, 2017

Self-Portrait

Self-expression is an important aspect of who you are. It is the manner in which you present yourself. Have you ever thought how you would portray ...

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May 18, 2017

Wonder Bundle

As a Wonder Lead Ambassador, I am in the process of creating a Wonder Bundle of five literacy learning experiences for teachers to use. This 3rd ...

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May 16, 2017

Mindfulness in the Classroom (and Beyond)

In yoga last week, the teacher gently repeated a mantra that stayed with me throughout the session. "Let your mind rest on your ...

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May 12, 2017

Turning of the Seasons

As one season turns into the next, subtle changes occur in nature. Winter turned to spring this year, and a flurry of poems were released. National ...

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May 12, 2017

Remembering Yesterday

As Mother's Day approaches it is time to remember, pause,and celebrate the yesterdays that brought us to today. Years ago, we ...

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May 9, 2017

#StuVoice Rising

Within the community of a classroom, student voice is fostered. Through choice options, it amplifies its reach, moving all students to have a say, to ...

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May 8, 2017

Professional Wonder

As the school year nears closing, educators continue to find resources and avenues to explore their professional wonder. I am impressed by the ...

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May 7, 2017

Spring Celebrates Life

Spring is when life's alive in everything.-Christina RossettiWhether the rains fall in torrential waves, there is a chill in the air, or the sun ...

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May 5, 2017

Rain Lullaby

morning opens with a chillflowers stand tallearth is quenched ©CV, 2017As rain falls upon us, sings its praisewith pitter patter ...

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