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June 29, 2018

Why Charter School Teachers Should Care About the Janus Decision

The local union's ability to negotiate a decent deal on behalf of teachers pretty directly pressures charters to fall in line and stay competitive. It that power goes away, charter school teachers who have benefited from this unspoken relationship are likely to feel the difference as much or more than their district counterparts.

April 15, 2018

Four Dichotomies in Education Worth Interrogating

Language can be limiting; it can also be liberating. With that in mind, I wanted to look at some of ways we categorize people and ideas in education, and how they might represent false dichotomies that need to be opened up.

January 31, 2018

For Valentine's Day, Students Can Lead the Way

If we provide structure and support for students to raise their voices and take action, they can astonish us with their capacity—and show us a good time!

January 26, 2018

Can Educators Do It All?

Now that I've settled in a bit, I'm back to asking the eternal question: can I somehow do it all? Teach, write, lead, parent...and live? The difference is that I used to ask it with the underlying attitude of, "Of course I can!" and then spread myself too thin. Now I ask the same question from a place of, "Probably not, and that's okay; we all have to make choices, but I'll keep asking." This has the feel more of a puzzle than a wall: like when you think you are close to solving a Rubik's Cube, but then you have to actually undo that path in order to see a different one. I don't mind that.

December 31, 2017

Top Five Posts of 2017: Teaching for the Whole Story

As 2017 comes to a close, so does another year of blogging--a practice that's been a privilege, a learning tool, and a wonderful challenge for me for almost a decade. My top 5 posts here at Teaching For the Whole Story speak clearly to the direction my blogging has taken--practical, focused on teaching practices, with plenty of reflection... Here's to continuing to find lessons and pathways in 2018 that work on a practical level AND bring us closer to our deepest purposes as educators.

October 05, 2017

How Expert Teachers Teach More

"Remember, the curriculum is everything that happens in the classroom." About a decade later, I had an epiphany about what that means.

September 29, 2017

The Teacher Students Wish They Could Have Every Day

Her name was Ms. L'Engel, and she entered my third grade classroom several times to deliver what felt like magic.

June 12, 2017

Urgent Plea To School Leaders: Budget for Books

In this post, I share some examples of teachers explaining how lack of books impacts their planning, and a checklist and suggestions for administrators who want to build a culture of authentic reading in their schools.

April 17, 2017

Interview Tip for Teachers: Be Prepared to Be Specific

Be specific. Know examples of your work. Be articulate. Ariel Sacks gives tips for teachers going through job interviews.

October 12, 2016

Why I'm Teaching For the Whole Story

In the launch of her new blog, Ariel Sacks explains what she means by teaching for the whole story and why she's doing it.

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