“Stay at home learning” is the new topic for TV ads, displaying how home, work, and kids are perfect partners. As a former stay at home mom, partial homeschooler, and then teacher and principal, I’m here to say that the fantasy is true for some, but not for others. Some will discover creativity and excitement … More What if I can’t teach my kids?
I sit in my home most of the day, although I do a walk, some in-home exercise, and housework, which my Noom data counts as exercise, too. I am considered a highly susceptible person, given my age, so I adhere to isolation directions carefully. I have a sweet little townhouse with a view outside, good … More Doing the Impossible in a Covid World
My daughter is an amazing teacher. There, I’ve said it. She just is. She teaches English and has a background in the classics and Latin. But the magic she brings to the classroom is only partially attributed to her scholarly knowledge and academic thirst for learning. Her success is due to something she inherited from … More See the Child…Recipe for success!
Rage does not look good on anyone. If we succumb to our rage, we become helpless and spineless. I live in California, a state that irritates the skin of our “man” in Washington–so much so that he seeks to destroy what we create with a targeted vengeance. One sometimes wonders if he is oblivious to … More Rage? Apathy? Action!
” I think the world is going to be saved by millions of small things.” –Pete Seeger Pete Seeger. A name from the distant past, still as relevant today as he was protesting in the 1950’s. As I pull today’s t-shirt out of the drawer, I am comforted by his words. I see Pete Seeger … More Today’s T-shirt Inspiration
The most important thing a teacher or other adult can teach is the ability to healthfully interacting in relationship with others. Yet, as adults we often find ourselves frustrated with the behavior of young children. Deb Curtis, one of my most influential educators, describes a common response to why young children act the way they … More Supporting young children’s behavior
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.
“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.