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
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
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
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?
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?