It took years, several discussions with students and colleagues, a few failures & successes to figure it out:
the limitations we face are only temporary obstacles 
and we can venture far beyond them.




May 26, 2020

Students don’t need our scores. They need our help.

May 17, 2020

"Teachers don't usually teach us how to fix stuff. They just say 'don't."

"I had the same experience in high school and college," I tell my students. "Until then, I always got 'C/S' and 'S/V' on my essays. I asked a couple times and my teachers would say, 'you're splici...

March 28, 2020

And, especially, to know we can use what we learn from this time for positive action in our future, but this will depend on our awesome responsibility to make wise and empathetic choices, now and always.

August 6, 2019

So many teachers last year were sharing their desire to replicate what happens in their class for the family members visiting during Back to School Night.

Some teachers were having families hear about the class from their students via FlipGrid (brilliant!) and parents...

April 1, 2019

I got two rejection notices last week and admittedly they did surprise me a bit (probably because I haven’t interviewed for a job or applied to a school in more than a dozen years which is how most of us receive “thank you, but” statements). I have heard “yes” from mos...

March 11, 2019

It’s like a bad experience with food. If you’ve tried it once and you didn’t like it, you made your decision: I don’t like it. But if you try it again, you might like it a different way (which is when we started talking about broccoli.) The problem probably is that the...

January 18, 2019

The problem isn't students can't work as a team; they can.  But when we control the details, we take all of the teamwork out of the group work.

January 12, 2019

When I first ventured into flexible seating, it was April. I knew my students well and could easily take attendance. That August would mean new students and no assigned seats. I quickly realized I had some unanticipated problems to solve during the summer.

December 1, 2018

Does this project take time? Yes. Does it require a variety of skills? Yes. Does it include student choice? Student voice? Yes. Yes. Does it help students gain confidence? Yes. Does it create community? Yes. Does it support my ultimate goals as a teacher? Yes.

August 26, 2018

After students got used to the system, my Left & Right Annotations became optional. Many students continued to use them in my class and in their other subjects because the system worked for them. Their annotations came in handy when we discussed their Reading Comprehen...

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