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
I teach in the sweet spot because I am fortunate to work with elementary school students. You see, they come to school EVERYDAY – curious, passionate and filled with enthusiasm. They are willing to try, make mistakes and try again. They think they CAN doing anything and they are FEARLESS (as evidenced by the photo below… Continue reading #KindersCAN – and they will!
In January Dan Gridley and I were chatting about all the leftover chocolate chips I had (I over budgeted for the Christmas peppermint bark). I told him I was thinking about making cookies (20 weeks worth – yes I bought 20 bags too many!) and randomly showering staff with them. He took it up a notch… Continue reading #kudoskookies
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Gandhi This quote hangs on the wall in my classroom and above the front door at my house. When I feel like I am making little or no progress I reflect on these words and plow ahead. Lately, that has been more challenging than usual.… Continue reading Be The Change
I have been mulling over this post for a week or so and today I saw a tweet that helped clarify my thoughts. Over the past several months I have read: The Innovator’s Mindset, Kids Deserve It, Teach Like A Pirate, Learn Like A Pirate, and Ditch That Textbook to name a few. Currently, I am reading, Renegade… Continue reading We need a revolution.
Today a few of us started a Renegade Leadership book study at school. We went around the table and answered the question, “What is your why for participating in this book study?” My answer was simple – I want to change the learning landscape on behalf of ALL students. What do I mean? I want students to… Continue reading What is my why?