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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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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Aug 21, 2016

Wondering about Technology Use

It's #BackToSchool time and the Twittersphere is ablaze with tweets, posts, and quotes to inspire educators. Conversations have centered on ...

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Aug 4, 2016

What is a Summerscape Moment?

What is a summerscape moment? During the summer months, many feel the call to relax while trying to catch up with longtime projects. The mind, body, ...

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Jul 3, 2016

Noticing and Wondering

What happens when a group of dedicated educators come together to notice and wonder? Creative sparks are ignited and the acts of designing, creating, ...

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Jun 19, 2016

Wonder To Learn

Leaning into learning is a practice that I engage in as a teacher learner to hone my craft and extend my learning. This past week, I was privileged ...

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Mar 27, 2017

March Musings 26: Burning Questions

Margaret Simon asked writers in the DigiLit Sunday writing community to think about the topic, Burning Question, this week. Many relevant, ...

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Mar 25, 2017

March Musings 25: Celebration Countdown

Weekends are meant for celebrating.Since my husband's background is mathematical (finance and accounting)and it's his milestone birthday, I created ...

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Mar 24, 2017

March Musings 24: My Day By the Numbers

Do you organize your daily life by the number of tasks there are to do?I used to have an endless to do list pad but that became tiresome to manage so ...

Beyond Literacy

Mar 23, 2017

March Musings 23: Phone Poem

Last weekend, fellow slicer, Laurie Pandorf, created a phone poem that she saw at Rose Cappelli's slice, who got the idea for the format from Jo ...

Beyond Literacy

Mar 22, 2017

March Musings 22: World Poetry Day

Stories unfold each day as we observe the world around us but do we pause to notice the sounds of life? Yesterday, on March 21st, World Poetry Day, ...

Beyond Literacy

Mar 22, 2017

March Musings 21: Amplifying #StuVoice

What happens when you hand the reins of an educational chat over to a group of student moderators? Student voice surgesand the ...

Beyond Literacy

Mar 20, 2017

March Musings 20: Ode to the Moon

Have you ever had a day when your inner voice wakes you with a long list of tasks? Quick response: drift into a dreamlike state; take a deep breath; ...

Beyond Literacy

Mar 19, 2017

March Musings 19: Innovation

In a world driven by technology, information is prized but this is not the end game. Late 1990s:At that time, when school reform models were ...

Beyond Literacy

Mar 18, 2017

March Musings 18: Celebrate Your Life

Reason to Celebrate LifeNegativity weighs us down.  -so-  Think Positively!  Small moments are precious.  -so-  Notice ...

Beyond Literacy