After a day of professional development with my colleagues, we sat in Meeting For Worship to end our day, and as usual, what started as a few random thoughts led to some meaningful reflection. First was a zombie apocalypse. Not sure exactly why this popped into my head, but it was immediately connected to the recent senate hearings with Brett Kavanaugh. Similar to you, I … Continue reading Wandering Thoughts
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou (or possibly someone else) If there ever was a quote that represented teaching young children, it is this. This morning, I had the opportunity to attend a memorial meeting for worship for a teacher who taught kindergarten at school … Continue reading The Art of Teaching
So, for now, while shoes burn and talking heads discuss the economics of Nike’s ad, I’ll let my son watch these images as many times as he can, and I will believe in the potential power of those words. Continue reading Put the politics and burning shoes aside, an important message is getting lost
One of my greatest memories in high school sports came from my sophomore year of high school. The season before, the varsity team was pretty bad (only 3 wins maybe), and they graduated a bulk of the starters. The following year, we were ‘rebuilding’ (that term is loosely applied here since rebuilding is usually preceded by success). Either way, we were young and inexperienced. In … Continue reading Ready or not, here they come: First day administrator jitters
Why can’t 100% of people be excited about education. Who am I being, how do I talk, how do I walk, if I believe that 100% of people love the power of learning, they just don’t know it yet. Continue reading Who am I being? How many eyes are shining around me?
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