I’ve heard it said that our life’s road isn’t always the one we choose. That the road we walk may be related to our choices, but that our choices don’t always guarantee we will reach our intended destination. So it is the lesson I am learning each day. When I sat down to write my […]
As an In-class resource teacher, I have the distinct privilege of entering the world of many teachers, whether they like it or not. During the time I spend with my co-teachers, I am privy to the everyday behaviors that evaluators and administrators rarely, if ever, see. On Monday, just yesterday though it feels like many […]
I was writing to a friend of mine this morning and part of the letter took me way back to 1985, a time in my life when very big things were happening. My father died in March and I filed for divorce in September. I have long known that the two events were inexorably linked […]
I’m writing this to all of you as a sort of reflection on a challenge and solution I’ve recently been reminded to use. As you may know, I lead an organization that delivers professional development. Teachers and administrators gather to share and learn all sorts of things from classroom management ideas to the latest and […]
I’m really tired of excuses. More exactly, I am tired of hearing, “It will be so much work.” “Our internet is unreliable.” “The computers are tied up for MAP testing and the iPads don’t always work.” Wah, wah, wah.
This morning I suggested that our Wax Museum (ELA) Project be constructed in Google. I’d been playing with the process during my free time and, of course, I found a way for the students to construct their project virtually. Again, we all understand that every environment has it challenges and yes, some are more challenging than others.
But I am reminded of one of Simon Senek’s perspectives: that the doers see the top of the mountain and not the mountain while the rest see the mountain a
I feel like that’s where I am.
I feel like I’m standing at the bottom of the mountain and all I can imagine is the vista from the top; what it must look like and how great it will feel to feel the wind in my face and the sense of accomplishment once I get there.
It’s not to say that I don’t know there will be bumps and delays and hurdles along the way, but the possibilities, the anticipated view is what draws me to the work.
So it is why I am looking for a new challenge. There are seekers out there who, like me, seek the summit because of all the anticipation that comes with getting there. The team building and the problem-solving.
Mountains… so much to do and so little time… which mountain do I scale first?
Let me get this out there: this week my beautiful, 35 year-old daughter, Casey, has had a preliminary diagnosis of muscular dystrophy. You may have just gasped. You intrinsically understand the gravity of the situation, imagining yourself in my shoes facing the prospect of having my daughter, my vivacious, comical, sarcastically-optimistic-in all-situations daughter facing a […]
As you may have guessed, I’ve finished my teaching duties for the year and have arrived at the long anticipated ‘summer break’. Wondering what I might do with myself, now that the 4:45AM alarm isn’t calling me, I struggled through the first day, meandering from task to task. On the second day, today, I decided […]
As I followed and checked in on my Twitter feeds this morning it was inspiring to hear so many positive statements being made on just every topic I checked in on. Positive is good! It’s good to talk about positive! We share our ideas, we share our work, we talk, we tweet, we…And I began to […]
It was amazing. You know, as a teacher, when you have those AMAZING days.. Ok- they’re probably more like amazing moments… I wish I could play the video in my head of my feelings of amazement… feeling of ” wow… they’re all engaged… all 30 of them… all at one time… on the right task… and the thinking! […]
I don’t talk about my age. It reminds me of how little time I may have left to do all the things I want to do before…. well… you know… Talking about my age, saying it out loud, reminds me of the time that has passed…snapshots of great adventures… -I was 16. I took our […]