Jane’s Blog

What Dr. Jane Bluestein has been up to

I started keeping an online journal with my first Web site in 1998. Unlike my other posts and pages, this section is a little more personal, a place where I share goals and ambitions, progress on projects, travel notes, and feelings about whatever is up in my life at the moment. You can find my most recent blogs by clicking on the “Blog” category, or by choosing from the list below. I am in the process of building the posts for the links below and will continue to update the links on this page as the work progresses. Thank you for understanding.

most recent blog topics | archives | holiday letters online | special friends | travel-related | miscellaneous |

2013 Journal and Related Entries

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Random Thoughts on the Blank Page: A bad case of writer’s block (October 14, 2013)
Writing About Perfectionism: The beginning of an interesting journey (March 21, 2013)
Hands too Sore to Type: Update on the site, podcasts, and other projects (Feb. 3, 2013)

Most Recent Blog Topics

Back to the Future? Not so much, thank you! Teaching for the 21st century. (Aug. 21, 2013)
Creating Kindness
: Finding a positive outlet for pain and outrage (July 14, 2013)
Thumbs up, Thumbs Down: The importance of meaningful feedback (May 31, 2013)
Thank You, Mrs. Mather: Acknowledging an early inspiration (May 7, 2013)
Are We Still Guilty of Gender Stereotyping? (Jan. 27, 2013)
Appreciating Diversity: What kids are really learning (Jan. 21, 2013)
Improving Student Behavior through Positive School Climate: It’s not about the rules (Jan. 13, 2013)
Picking up the Pieces: Reclaiming our essence (Dec. 23, 2012)
The Power of Discouragement: The impact of feedback on achievement (Dec. 20, 2012)
Staying Positive in the Face of Negativity and Horror: Reflections and resources (Dec. 14, 2012)


Follow the evolution of my business, projects, books, and career during the time I’ve had a Web site.

1998: The completion of Daily Riches (now Magic, Miracles and Synchronicity), first engagements in Athens and Singapore, first bead classes, Parent Choice awards, fifth trip to Slovenia.

1999: Learning Web site design and construction (first version of site), updates on my writing and new catalogue, the official launch of Father Sky Studios, and plans for an upcoming trip to New Zealand and Australia.

2000: With the entire year devoted to researching and writing Creating Emotionally Safe Schoolsthis is my shortest blog to date, written almost halfway through the book that was “eating my life” at the time.

2001: The completion of Creating Emotionally Safe Schoolsmy CNN interview, reducing our catalog to my resources, developing the video series, starting with the Bureau of Education and Research, my 8th trip to Slovenia, and my goals for the coming year.

2002: Speaking in Helsinki, side trips to Tallinn (Estonia) and St. Petersburg (Russia), and my first MacMania Geek Cruise (Alaska).

2003, Part 1: A January update on various products in development, closing out the distribution of resources by other authors, with the focus on the development of a second version of this Web site.

2003, Part 2: Entries from the last half of the year detailing my second MacMania Geek Cruise (Hawaii, Kiribati), switching to Dreamweaver (from GoLive), version 2 of this site, and the initial work on High School’s Not Forever.

2004, Part 1: Starting work on High School’s Not Forever, more links, photo gallery, Rx: Handwriting revision, new jobs and travel, a Web page for Shadow, health on the road.

2004, Part 2: Continued updates on High School’s Not Foreverplans for a dedicated Web site for that book, Caribbean Geek cruise, and holiday greetings

2005, Part 1: New Year’s goals and resolutions, High School’s Not Forever, new contracts for 21st Century Discipline and Being a Successful Teacher, managing my schedule (Jan. 1 – Mar. 9)

2005, Part 2: Intense work and travel schedule, speaking at a conference in London, and a brief rant about tension and negativity in the ranks, hostile teachers, and the general state of the teaching profession (Apr. 7 – May 26)

2005, Part 3: Production and release of High School’s Not Forever, first feedback, hair crisis, a Baltic Geek cruise, home to fill pre-orders for the new book (June 11 – July 18)

2005, Part 4: More schedule concerns, new publisher and new book contract, travel and health, out-running a hurricane, home for the holidays (July 30 – Nov. 18)

2006, Part 1: Reflection on last year’s goals and some new ones, book signings, and a high school assembly! Plus a Mexican Riviera “Geek Cruise” and a third edition of 21st Century Discipline.

2006, Part 2: Progress and unexpected problems (rights ownership) with 21st Century Discipline, a trip to Scotland, vacation on Maui, and home to snow!

2007, Part 1: A wonderful break, some time to play, fun on the road, a Danube cruise with my mom, and a few thoughts on my addiction to technology.

2007, Part 2: Plans for a Mediterranean Cruise, my first 1Phone, getting the rights back to Daily Riches (with plans to bring out my own version of the book as Magic, Miracles and Synchronicity), learning Italian, and two new books for Corwin!

2008: Still to come.

2009: Still to come.

2010: Still to come.

2011: Still to come.

2012: Still to come.

Holiday Letters Online

2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014

Special Friends

Photos, video, and a special blog about some of the remarkable beings who have been a part of my life.

My Enterprising Friends: Geeks on Board. OK, Star Trek fans, here are two photos from the 2002 and 2003 MacMania Geek cruises with some people you might recognize.

Special Critter Friends: Special posts to honor the animals who have been a part of my life— including much-loved pets and a couple brief encounters.

ChelseaShadowShadow Remembered

• Jerry bonds with puppy (Meeting his brother’s new puppy for the first time)
A gentoo penguin checks out my shoes (Meeting penguins up close and personal, Falkland Islands)

Special Travel Blogs

My intention is to share some of the travels photos I had posted on earlier versions of my site. These go back about ten years and are in different formats and stored in different locations, so it could be a while before I get this part of the site up. In the meantime— and a bit more important to me at the moment— you can click here to check out my progress on my bucket-list goal of visiting 100 countries, along with a tribute to my wonderful 7th grade geography teacher and friend who inspired my love of travel and curiosity about the world.


Father Sky Studios: Beads, clay, paper, glass, and fiber! Jane’s studio work.

Whatever happened to 21st Century Discipline? How an intention for a third edition turned into The Win-Win Classroom.

Pre-publication progress report for High School’s Not Forever from 2004-2005.