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October 30, 2018

When School and Life Compete for Your Time, Put Your Family First

Education professionals throw their whole selves into what they do--at least I did. Always learning and feeling good at work often took me away from my family.

October 11, 2018

Sometimes the Answer is to Walk and Wait

Something that I'm coming to realize is that every day won't be a super productive day to enjoy. Some days just getting through and getting something done is enough. Then not judging myself too harshly for the challenge. This can be an obstacle as it rubs against my perfectionism issues and that starts another whole line of questioning.

August 08, 2018

Struggling With Depression and the Expectation of Positivity

I'm selfishly hoping that by sharing my struggles right now, I will feel better for writing about them and also have folks who I know can understand, despite how lonely and alone I feel when I go through it.

July 03, 2018

The Joy of Summer Projects

Because I need that creativity all of the time, especially in my job, I need to find ways to better center myself in the thick of all of it. When I was in the classroom, my students and experiences drove deeper learning that I wrote about and shared, there is nuance in the leader role that doesn't allow for the immediacy of that exchange any longer. However, since I'm learning new things all of the time, I need to find a way to channel that learning curve into shareable nuggets.

June 10, 2018

It's Time to End Mandated Summer Assignments

Let's spend more time in school promoting a culture of curiosity and learning that transcends school, not because we want to grade kids on it or give them extra credit or punish them for not doing it, but because learning for the sake of learning is its own reward. We can foster a love of reading in so many different ways.

April 12, 2018

Why I Opt My Son Out of State Testing

Let's start investing in our teachers and our schools and move to those forms of assessment, like portfolios for example. Using alternative assessments as a means to show growth is a winner for everyone and provides a level of equity that testing will never be able to provide.

February 27, 2018

Teachers Should Not Have Guns

As each news cycle completes and another travesty takes place, we have to ask ourselves what is it going to take to make the necessary changes to ensure all school children are safe? We can hardly focus on student learning if our students are too afraid to come to school. These mass shootings leave a scar on communities that don't ever heal completely and no amount of safety drills can truly prepare a school for such an event.

December 05, 2017

Parent Educators, When Is the Right Time to Intervene in a Schooling Dilemma?

Being a parent and a teacher can be an interesting struggle. Sometimes it helps, like when Johnny or Susie comes home with homework that is in your content area and you can feel like a champ. Other times it isn't as simple. What happens if something is going on in your child's school that goes against your philosophical beliefs about how education should happen? When is it time to intervene?

November 16, 2017

Your Middle Career Years Don't Have to Slump

Taking risks has become a hallmark of my career and they aren't all winners. Sometimes they flop and I have to be comfortable with that. I must share those failures as well as the successes or else the context is lost. In education, each up hinges on the down that came before it and the more transparent we are about that with our colleagues and students, the richer the learning environments are.

November 14, 2017

Making the Call: Self-Care vs. Work Commitment

Balance is tremendously hard, even when you realize how important it is. I understand intellectually that I can't do anything else well, if I don't take care of myself, but that doesn't stop me from trying.

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