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.
“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!
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…
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”–Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. My former sister-in-law was born in Mexico and educated in her home country. She once told me that when she moved to … More The Right to Bear Arms?
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi Brene Brown is one of the current thought leaders today. Her work has helped many. I noticed that she has a new curriculum for teachers, based on her work in the field of personal growth. I have just downloaded Brown’s new curriculum for … More I love Brene Brown but…
“Argh!! Each day so many despicable news items! It’s enough to make one stop in one’s tracks, when what is required is for us to push full steam ahead. ” This is me, as I begin my daily task of writing. I check myself, check the news, and open my clean, new page. It’s hard … More My reminder: Are you living in integrity with your heart and soul?
It’s tough right now, but it’s possible! We can find the good. My Facebook pages are rife with troubles, but also bursting with things that surprise and delight me. Today, amid the wonderful and amazing ideas from teachers who are preparing for the beginning of school, and the crazy and brain-fogging news, I found some … More On this day, finding miracles…
Sometimes you just get lucky. I met this man when I was in high school. I didn’t know it at the time, but he was to be a life-long partner and lover. At first we clashed, and over the years we have worked through all kinds of our own personal challenges as part of the … More I married my best friend…happy 48th!