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 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
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?
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