As I watched the TV journal story on CBS Morning News by Alex Wagner with Amy Sherald, the artist who painted the now famous picture of Michelle Obama, the artist was describing her journey in her craft, her words about ‘living harder’ struck a chord. She explained that as an artist, there is no […]
I usually need to look no further for an inspiration to write than my class or my Twitter feed. This morning, I read an article by a pediatric oncologist who wrote about one of his patient’s thoughts on dying. “You know,” he told me the evening I admitted him. “A few years ago, I wouldn’t […]
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 […]