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My classroom and school is a sacred, safe place, especially during a caustic election cycle

November 8, 2016


I’ve spent the better part of the past hour and a half writing my around this blog the night before the election… and then revisited this post after a full day at school.  (I think I am out of practice – it’s been well over a year since I’ve wrote on this thing!) A classroom […]

What Report Card Conferences Mean to me

December 7, 2013


Thinking back to my high school parent/teacher conferences I was filled with a mixture of dread and excitement as my parents went to school on those nights.  I would worry what my teachers would REALLY say about me to my parents and what they would find in my report cards and letters from teachers.  I […]

New Job and First Day of School Jitters

September 8, 2013


The first day of school always brings on the jitters, it doesn’t fail; year after year after year.  I love that feeling of a new school year: I loved it as a  student and as a teacher (although truth be told, there was certainly a lot of anxiety as a teacher).  I don’t think I’ve […]

Shifting the focus on student voice

April 25, 2013


I visited a public school a few weeks ago where the faculty and community had done a wonderful job of creating structures to support student achievement.   The community and staff built a public school that was completely geared toward supporting a 21st century learning.  They had wonderful public spaces, a schedule that allowed for collaboration, flexibility […]

Un-official study hall

January 7, 2013


33 Juniors and I are breaking a school rule: students should either be in a class or in the cafeteria   Instead, we’re spending our lunch period in one of the 4 rooms I teach in. I don’t want to leave you in suspense, we won’t get in trouble.  In fact, most days there is a teacher ‘chaperoning’ these […]