I realized today as my students sat quietly reading that if a stranger were to walk into our classroom, it would all look so effortless. As if the kids had always quietly settled in with their books and this hush had fallen over us. As if the kids had always read when I asked them… Continue reading We Have Already Grown
Three years ago, I wrote a blog post detailing my journey with the book When We Was Fierce and in particular the journey with realizing that a book I had marveled at and called a must read was being critically reviewed by others. While at first I was embarrassed by my enthusiasm and not knowing… Continue reading On Blind Spots and Doing Better When We Know Better
Three years ago, almost to this date, I wrote my first blog post about the STAR test, a test sold by Renaissance Learning and employed in thousands of districts across the United States. That post started a discussion with the people behind STAR and while I wish I could say that it created change, isn’t… Continue reading Dear STAR Test, We Need to Talk Again…
Today, we gave our 141 students a brand new book. As a way to entice them away from the dreaded summer slide. As a way for them to relax. As a way to thank them. Thank them for all they gave us this year, for all that they brought to us. While we gave them just… Continue reading What We Can Give
A few days left of school, counting in days instead of weeks, counting in hours rather than units and you can hear the whispers in the corners. “We will miss these kids…” “Another great year…” “They are ready…” And we mean it as we plan our lessons, down to the very last day, and we try… Continue reading And What Do We End With?
We tried to have kids for three years before we were successful. Three years of hoping this was the time. Three years of doctors shaking their heads, of appointments, of surgery, of medicine to help. Three years of dreaming. When she came I cried knowing that the miracle she was would never be fully understood… Continue reading What Parents Wish We Would Ask Them About Their Child