Our imaginations are very powerful tools, and there is no reason why we can't allow students, even encourage them, to explore those places of themselves in the learning they do, straight up through college. The bigger we can dream, the better we can make this world.
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January 03, 2019
February 04, 2018
As a classroom teacher I was fearless and now as a leader I have to be too. Adults, however are far scarier sometimes than the high school seniors I used to teach. I'll just keep smiling and practicing what I preach and I know that change will happen.
December 28, 2017
One of the beautiful things about reading is what our imaginations do while we do it. We deeply engage in the world, imagining what it would be like and as soon as a director makes it concrete, that world is suddenly tainted unless it is aligned with our own thought process. It seems that when the author is involved in the making of the movie, it is almost always better than if they aren't.
December 21, 2017
Holiday movies offer opportunities to talk about family traditions, charity, making good choices, being a good person and treating other people the way we wish to be treated. In these times of judgment and misunderstanding, it is a great idea to engage in meaningful conversations about what we value in the world and using a movie to do that can be just the right kind of an ice-breaker for students of all ages.
October 31, 2017
The more we offer students learning experiences that ask them to collaborate, consider multiple texts and genres of text and then provide them opportunity to think deeply about the learning, the more connected and meaningful their learning will be.
July 04, 2017
Fantastical worlds filled with magic and intrigue, yet safely hidden behind the shroud of our reality, mingling with the muggle world seamlessly for just the chosen few who know. Muggle or magical, within each of us is a spark that is unique and worthy of uncovering. What lessons have you learned from your favorite books?
July 02, 2017
Although I haven't written poetry for a while, it is always amazing to me the relationship we have with words (or at least it's my inner nerd that tells me everyone has one of those kinds of relationships.) Often when I consider education the images and emotions it provokes within me at challenging times, putting a landscape of ideas together in a different way helps me to tackle, name and start to move through challenges.
June 01, 2017
Shakespeare is often hard for students to engage with, particularly if they aren't reading at grade level. One way to ensure a solid conversation about a complex text is to allow students time to share ideas on Twitter doing a class chat. Read here to see how it turned out for my 10th grade NYC students.
December 04, 2016
There are so many truly inspirational and thoughtful pieces of wisdom we learn from characters. We connect to them in their strengths and we something aspirational and in their follies and foibles we see ourselves in their humanity. Literature helps us see the best in the world and the worst and offers us opportunities to discuss it in lieu of politics or current events. With this great wisdom, we must live and not only read so we have great wisdom of our own to share. What's your favorite quote from literature? Please share
September 01, 2016
Whether in a club or on a school newspaper looking to raise awareness about perceived injustice, students have the power to take action and the first amendment supports their right to do so. We must continually engage students in meaningful dialogue that encourages them to take big risks that can can potentially change the way the system runs. At the very least we need to help them find that thing that inspires them to want to make change by not being afraid to do it ourselves.