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Brasdis-Nixon Family

Joined 8 years ago

Samantha Brasdis is a 7th grade reading teacher at Northside Middle School in Norfolk, Virginia. She enjoys an active life with her fiancée Frank and son, Allan. When it comes to the ways in which WONDER inspires the Brasdis-Nixon family, Samantha says, “Thoreau has an amazing quote that kind of sums up how wondering inspires us. He says, ‘The moment we cease to wonder, is the exact moment we cease to live.’ We want to live our lives to the fullest, and we have found that the only way that is possible is through wonder and imagination.”

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Sep 30, 2012

Your Nose Knows

Prologue:It all started on Monday with an innocent late night reading session.  I was in the middle of an amazing book by Jaqueline Woodson and I ...

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Sep 14, 2012

The Not-So-Funny Funny Bone

I was in the lab with one of my classes and we were wonderfully and joyfully perusing Wonderopolis' Wonder of the Day, when one of my students turned ...

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Sep 14, 2012

Here Comes the Grump: The Wrong Side of the Bed

This is technically Pierre's wonder, but because of his lack of posable thumbs and typing knowledge, I decided it might be best for me to just write ...

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Sep 14, 2012

Blog Ala Mode: Who Invented the First Waffle Cone?

I usually drive home the same way from work.  It gets kind of mundane at times, but since partnering with Wonderopolis, my drives home have become ...

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Sep 14, 2012

Important Thoughts of a Second Grader

Allan came home today and shared his end of the year project with me: Important Thoughts of a Second Grader.  It's a compilation of poems and ...

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Sep 14, 2012

Let's Break the Ice!

It's that time again!  Summer is dwindling down and school days are right around the corner.  If you've already returned to work, then you're ahead ...

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Sep 14, 2012

Day of Wonder

Last week, Allan and I (along with Pierre) went exploring at the Children's Museum of Portsmouth.  It was a BLAST!  We learned lots of things like ...

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