I am a white woman who is passionate about recognizing and elevating voices that have been historically marginalized. In particular, I use my privilege to get other white people to see their implicit biases, acknowledge their advantage and work to change the narrative about people of color (POC), specifically students of color. I will admit… Continue reading Permission to Speak
I have been teaching in elementary schools for the past 18 years and to know me is to know that I am passionate about seeing the potential in ALL students by providing them with real, relevant experiences that ignite their passion for lifelong learning. For the past two months, I have been passionately advocating for the… Continue reading Passionate Pursuit
I have been thinking a lot lately about the choices we make when we have the opportunity to elevate student voices. Do we stand with students or do we dismiss their causes? And if we dismiss their causes what does that say about the relationships we have with kids? I think it says – we are… Continue reading Elevate
Recently I was working with a 3rd-grade class on a communication activity focused on providing and receiving feedback. We used the book, Thanks for the Feedback, I Think by Julia Cook. I firmly believe that a book always provides the gateway for a great discussion, especially in elementary school when they may not have… Continue reading Best Intentions
This week I am reflecting on conversations I have had about race and equity – based on several conversations, a courageous blog post by Bill Ferriter, and viewing the documentary Teach Us All – thanks to Roxann Sykes, Dan Gridley, Michael Parker West, Ryan Williams, and Jen Bell. Let me start by saying – I am very… Continue reading Action
Grace. So often we give it but don’t allow ourselves to receive it. Why is that? What makes teachers believe that if they aren’t perfect they are failing? Is it principals, parents, or peers – NOPE. It is us. We all strive for perfection, which is a worthy goal, but more often than not it paralyzes us.… Continue reading Grace
I saw this posted on Twitter last week. Which reminded me of this post, a few months ago, by Bill. FDR said those words during his 1937 Inaugural Address. 80 years and still we struggle to pass his test of progress. I have been working with students in poverty for 11 of my 17 years in… Continue reading Passing the Test?
This picture brings me great joy and reminds me that I am truly lucky to do what I do. I am surrounded daily by kids that are so excited about life and learning – They are too young to care what others think and see no reason why you shouldn’t show up to school as a Dilophosauras.… Continue reading Some Days You Just Want to be a Dilophosaurus.
There is no doubt, being a classroom teacher is an incredibly challenging job. Meeting the needs of diverse learners while: balancing the expectations of parents and administration, meeting state standards, planning field trips, holding conferences, attending meetings before and after school, analyzing student data, collecting and receipting money, and building innovative and engaging lessons everyday can… Continue reading Do you ignite or extinguish?
So I am having a tough day. Today would have been my Dad’s 77th birthday. He died on Mother’s Day last year after a long and courageous battle with cancer. The last two years of his life were filled doctor’s appointments, chemo treatments, surgeries, and more hospital stays than I care to count. But through… Continue reading My First Teacher