Today is the Solstice - the beginning of one season and the end of another. What seasons are beginning and ending in your teaching?
The first step to respond to challenging behavior has nothing to do with the student. It starts with me.
In a developmental approach to education reform, we must dismantle outdated and ineffective systems and rebuild from the ground up with a structural shift in our teaching and learning.
Do you have a manifesto? Image by Jae Rue from Pixabay It's not a question we think about often. But it's an important one. What is a manifesto? The word might invoke thoughts of pirates, politicians, and famous speakers. Manifesto to you might mean Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech or Karl Marx's writings. Miriam-Webster... Continue Reading →
"Staff, come to the library for a quick stand up meeting." Oh no. In my experience, "quick stand up meetings" meant bad news. Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay We sauntered toward the center of the school. Some clutched their belongings, a few murmured together, but most entered the library in silence. The staff of... Continue Reading →
Teachers are amazing people who are fabulous at taking care of others but utter flunks at taking care of themselves.
Wherever I go, I keep with me two pieces of paper. A quote clipped from the calendar of my first year of teaching, and a note from a student's mother. The quote, by Wendell Berry, says, "A teacher's major contribution may pop out anonymously in the life of some ex-student's grandchild."The note expresses a mother's... Continue Reading →