We have to “connect the dots,” and when we are faced with a roadblock, healthy people pivot. I loved teaching preschool. I was the teacher/director of a parent participation nursery school, a position that combined my loves of working with young children and serving as a guide for parents as they increased their skills as … More Who if not us?
When my kids were little, I taught preschool and kindergarten. I saw many kids from different backgrounds in my work. This was over 40 years ago. The discussion of gun play in early childhood persists, as evident by Facebook teacher sites, and the controversy I discovered as an educator and parent has not changed, even … More Guns. And Kids.
Zumbi dos Palmares fought for his people’s liberation from the Portuguese slave trade. I am a teacher. I have worked as a preschool director, a principal, an assistant principal, a lower school principal, and a general studies principal, but first and foremost my career has called me to teach. One of the toughest things I … More Read “The 1619 Project,” a history of enslaved people in the United States.
Here she is again! My friend, and incredibly inspiring person, Karen. You have seen her before, working in Haiti as she supports a struggling school and residence for children. Her current project is a musical called “19,” which celebrates the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. If you are in DC, look for it. … More The Power of a T-shirt…
“The most important thing is to serve the values and ideas that help shape the [organization] . . . as a covenantal community. Leadership is a bold responsibility.” Thomas Sergiovanni We are lost. It’s time for us to ask :What does it mean to be a leader? What is our covenant to our children, to … More When we are lost: Question our values and purpose.
Movement is what the human body is designed for.” ― Ben Medder Why is it so common for children to be packed into desks all day, seated in front of a teacher? Bodies were designed for movement, and movement helps the brain work its magic! Dr. JoAnn Deak has studied brains her whole life! A … More Let’s move! Let’s learn!
“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. “– Kate Chopin I love the ocean. The ocean pulls me in and pushes me up–and down. It resists as I move through on my own power, both challenging us and emboldening me to stay. I move, strengthening my muscles and stroke, slicing through the medium … More Jump!
I have spent over 40 years thinking about perspectives. As an educator, it has been my responsibility to create environments for learning. It’s not as easy as one might think. A classroom must serve three, and often four constituencies: children, teachers, and parents, and, sometimes, administrators. One year I was a guest music/movement teacher in … More Perspective: Classrooms as enviroment…
“…positive emotions… provide a swift antidote to physical stress and anxiety.”–Shawn Achor Yes, things are tough right now for a million different reasons. Family and work stresses can be taxing. Money doesn’t go as far as it seemed to in the past. Oh, and the White House….let’s not go there! Every day we are faced … More What Makes You Happy…Do That!
“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela As schools start over the next few weeks, they do so over so many challenges. Teachers have always been challenged with the normal aspects of their work: low pay, long hours of preparation, varying degrees of support for the range … More And teachers are the heroes…