So many of us love our profession, and we work hard to do right by our kids. But our classrooms mortgage love and joy from our kids in the name of teaching them how to take a test and "they will need this in college." I get it. We have standards. We have goals. We owe them the best possible shot at an education that will take them as far as they want to go--but at the expense of happiness? At the expense of loving something so deeply that you want it to be a part of your life forever? Read More
My students remind me that compromise is easier with people you know and trust...and that their sincere intention is that everyones ideas work out because, "when you are closer, you want everyone included in on it." Read More
This conversation with Eva was a gift. I got to experience a reader and writer in transition...someone who needed encouragement to continue to grow and flourish. I got to be a part of the trajectory of someone's growth! That is incredible. So often, school becomes a series of start and stop assignments. Here, Eva let me in to her trajectory as a learner. This is incredibly personal. I could have destroyed her confidence had I taken her story and pointed out the errors--had I not attended to what she needed--had I not taken the time to connect with her in the moment. Read More
My transforming the physical space of my classroom has been a long, incremental shift...a work in progress because it makes me reflect on how I teach (not just where we learn). Not too many years ago, a student teacher asked me, "Do you mind if I decorate the penitentiary?"
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If we do not make time to reconnect with what we value and love, what we value and love becomes more of a memory than a mode. Values become ideas. And ideas, well, ideas are disposable. Read More