There are some moments as a teacher that just never leave you. They remain burned into memory like still photos. These images have stories that all elicit their own emotions, varying widely from invigorating and awe-inspiring to sad and demoralizing. Amid news that a DACA protected student was just deported, I am reminded of one of the single bravest acts performed by one of my students: disclosing his undocumented status to the entire class.
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April 19, 2017
March 27, 2017
The national mood reminds me of the plants I had expected in my abandoned raised beds. The soil is shallow and the fertilizer isn't good, so not much good is growing but weeds.
March 02, 2017
While I understand the survival instinct, our profession is at a turning point. We can no longer afford the luxury of caring only about what happens in our classroom.
February 23, 2017
This is the miracle of teacher leadership. When done right and when teachers are nurtured in an environment that is safe, where risks and mistakes and encouraged, we begin to trust one another and cooperate to achieve more than we could on our own.
February 13, 2017
What may be most absent from the education reform conversation is a focus on the love of teaching itself. Not a love of the public schools versus charter schools. Not a love of one political perspective over another. Not a love of one solution at the expense of another.
February 09, 2017
I don't know what happened yesterday, but I can promise you it will make its way into my classroom tomorrow. It will be carried in on the shoulders of my students, on the faces of my coworkers. It will be broadcast on the radio on my drive in, showcased on my laptop screen during lunch.
February 08, 2017
As we anxiously await the changes to our national department of education, there has never been a greater need for teacher leaders to cultivate a more collective accountability for public education
January 31, 2017
In the classroom Maslow ALWAYS comes before Bloom.
January 19, 2017
The morning after the 2016 election, a first-period 11th grade English class sat in front of me visibly subdued. I knew, from my own experiences, that if I did not acknowledge their discomfort and fear, they would learn nothing...
January 11, 2017
As a teacher, I have intimate knowledge about how the education system may not act in her best interest. At three, she has yet to experience the wide range of road bumps and brick walls that she will have to navigate and negotiate. But, as an educator, I know the power of educators.