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.
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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
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
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
"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
Her name was Ms. L'Engel, and she entered my third grade classroom several times to deliver what felt like magic.
June 12, 2017
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
Be specific. Know examples of your work. Be articulate. Ariel Sacks gives tips for teachers going through job interviews.
October 12, 2016
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.