self reflection

The Annual End of Year Pressure

Does any other educator feel that end of year pressure as we wind down to our final months of teaching? This year, I am feeling it more than ever. Usually, I stress to start the fourth science unit or the final math unit, but this year it is a different kind of stress. I have […]

The Grinch Needs to Steal Christmas Back from Schools

Buckle up, because I’m about to say something really unpopular among educators in this country: I don’t think Christmas has any place in our schools. Look, I’ve heard all of the arguments. “It’s no big deal, we talk about other holidays throughout the year.” “It’s harmless. They want to celebrate it.” “We’re not really celebrating […]

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I hope this message finds you well. It has been a long time since we’ve been able to really; (circle one)a. Chatb. Catch-upc. Connectd. Collaboratee. Other____________________________f. All of the above (I circled this one) I really miss the times when we were able to learn together, and to encourage each other in person too. Come to […]

Teaching dance and health online, yikes!

Happy week after spring break everyone! Is anyone else feeling super impressed with their students and their ability to get right back into things after a week-long break? I have never been able to say that before so I thought I may as well express these feelings of joy while I can. As we get […]

“How can I help?”

The adage of “If you want something done right, do it yourself,” was ingrained in me at an early age.  Until recently, I have always thought that being confident, capable and successful meant never asking for help.  I used to think that asking for help meant that you were weak.  I now think that asking […]

Attitude of Gratitude

Many years ago I remember watching a gratitude themed Oprah episode.  There was a gratitude journal that the guest had developed and was relaying all of the benefits of writing down things that you were grateful for each day.  The power of suggestion (I’m a sucker for an impulse buy for self-improvement) lead me to […]

Wrong again

Privilege, position, and power are placed in the hands of all educators. Being a teacher, regardless of instructional medium is more demanding than ever before. While our world in and out of the classroom looks like nothing we have ever seen before, some things haven’t changed – such as the importance of social justice in […]

Lessons From a Teacher Candidate

Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to mentor Teacher Candidates (TC). When asked this year if I would mentor a TC, I had mixed feelings. On the one hand, I thought it would be great to support a TC who is probably experiencing a variety of emotions starting off their career in the middle […]

Remote Learning Hereos

Celebrating the Remote Learning Heroes I wake up to teach each morning, excited to hear my students voices and to teach the lessons for the day. I love every moment with them and I think the world of these students. They really are little super heroes, but do I tell them that enough? It was […]

Finding Your People

As an educator in the world of school where “kindness” is taught,  I’ve often found it challenging to appear as my authentic self and still be met with kindness.  In my experience, as you enter a new space, you are often greeted in one of 3 ways: with “kindness”; with indifference; or with apprehension. Now, […]

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