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?
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
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
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
What are the parents like at your school? Amazing. They really are. After 12 years of teaching and throughout my first year in an administrative role, this is overwhelmingly the answer. Unfortunately, it often takes some time to remember this if someone asks me. Recently, I’ve gone back to reread the book Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahnemann. The general outline of the book is to … Continue reading The importance of thinking slowly in schools
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
I am thankful for children, because I am a giant. 6 foot 4 is not gigantic by most definitions, but size is relative. As a high school basketball player, I was tall. As a college basketball player, I was slightly above average. As a first grade teacher, I was something closer to enormous, as a third grade teacher, huge, and as fifth grade teacher really … Continue reading I am thankful for children, because I am a giant.