Wonder Lead Ambassador

Carol Varsalona

Joined 10 months 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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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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May 26, 2016

Table Turned

As a co-moderator of #NYEDChat I have had the opportunity to interview various educators at the different Long Island EdCamp events but on May 24th ...

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May 2, 2016

Positive People Do More

Today is the weekly celebration of #CelebrateMonday, a day to celebrate the positives in education started by one of my colleagues, Sean Gaillard a ...

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Apr 4, 2016

Celebrating the Poetryliscious Side of Life

On April 1st, I was on blooper alert. Over a month ago, I decided to try out a new word: poetryliscious, an unconventional way of spelling ...

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Jan 24, 2017

3 Words

In the dim light of the yoga studio, the gentle voice of the teacher opened the practice. The peaceful greeting set the tone. In the darkness three ...

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Jan 22, 2017

New Directions

Two invitations were sent out this weekend by two different connected educator PLNs. As this Monday night's moderator of #NYEDChat, I was preparing ...

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Jan 21, 2017

Winter - A Celebration

Photo via flickr.com under the Creative Commons license. "Winter is not a season, it's a celebration."--Anamika MishraWintertime brings to mind ...

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Jan 20, 2017

Path of Joy

As I meander through the beginning of the year, I search for joy in the small and ordinary places of life. Even paperwork and household ...

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Jan 20, 2017

Invitation to Winter Wonder 17

When winter white blankets unfurl from the sky, a hush settles over the land. Photographers capture stilled wonders. Artists choose mediums and ...

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Jan 17, 2017

A Stone of Hope

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King delivered a powerful speech, I Have a Dream, in Washington, D. C. Today, decades later, many Americans are ...

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Jan 15, 2017

Chasing Joy

Each week I celebrate the positives with Ruth Ayres and her community of writers at Celebrate This Week. While this past week has been one of nursing ...

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Jan 13, 2017

Snow Waltzes into Winter

Because it is difficult to let go of the words swirling like the snow, I continue to compose along with other Poetry Friday writers. My mission is ...

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Jan 11, 2017

Capturing Thoughts

Lately, virtual spaces have given rise to poetic words, metaphorically clustering around timely topics. With a pen, stylus, or keyboard in hand, ...

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