My mornings are pretty standard. 7:00 – 7:05: Arrive at school 7:05 – 7:15: Set up for early morning care. 7:15 – 7:30: Greet my early arrivers in the library 7:30 – 7:55: Dismiss groups to their designated spaces and check-in with them. 7:55 – 8:05: Help Kindergarten, then Preschool and PreK get to their rooms. 8:05 – Head upstairs to clean up the library … Continue reading A Small Powerful Moment
Have-to Exhaustion is defined medically as: a sense of mental or physical fatigue experienced as a result of ones have-to obstructing their want-to. Symptoms include muscle fatigue/tension (from worrying all day about making the wrong decision), headaches, sore feet (from walking the entire building in dress shoes), and onymailophophia (the fear of seeing certain names in your unread email). Continue reading A Case of “Have-to Exhaustion”
For the past few months, I’ve taken on the habit of reading multiple books at once. One for my Mastermind group book club and one for my own enjoyment. It means it might take a little longer to finish each book, but often provides some unique connections. At the moment I am reading Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman and The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle. … Continue reading Learning, slow then fast
“While most sat in unsettled silence, a young girl smiled. It was the physical representation of a singular idea that couldn’t escape my mind – small love. Continue reading Small Love
A few weeks ago, I went to watch a few high school basketball games. Aside from the fact that there were four games in a row, it was a typical day in a high school gymnasium. There was a mix of great moves, bad passes, off balance shots, and whistles blowing followed by fans yelling. In each of the games, high school basketball players showed … Continue reading After the game: Talking to young athletes
The love it takes for a teacher to do their job every day can be powerful, exhausting, deeply personal, even confusing at times. Over fourteen years, I have taught a relatively wide range of students. I have been in parent-teacher conferences where a parent was moved to tears because she felt that I saw the light in her child in a way that other teachers … Continue reading How much love?
I have been at my school for long enough, and been to enough Meetings for Worship, that I knew they have the opportunity to be powerful. Today, I started to realize why. It can elevate us to a place of insight, pride and connection. Continue reading Power in silence
The end of this year has been a challenge, in a few ways. One is the fact that schools seem to love to squeeze in as much as possible into the last few weeks of school. Yet, at the same time we want to be able to appreciate the year, reflect on what we’ve accomplished and what we need to improve. Paired with unpredictable event … Continue reading Problem-Solving Limbo