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the art of transitions

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There are some images that just resonate so deeply, they never fade. This 3 and 1/2 minute video is one such image. Once the senses move past the the scantily clad woman, the stunning cityscape, and the soft sultry music, what is left is asana that is so captivating…it steals the breath. On my mat, I want […]

transitions. becoming.

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There are balances and harmonies always shifting, always necessary to maintain…It is a matter of transitions, you see; the changing, the becoming must be cared for closely (Leslie Silko, Ceremony). Several people important in my life are approaching a pending change of some sort in their lives. From graduation to relocation to job searches to new relationships, they […]

storytelling using mentor texts

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Inevitably, every break brings time for reflection and renewal for teaching. What’s going well? What’s hurting the team? Over winter break, I found myself desperate for a reset in my classroom. Students didn’t even know each other’s names, much less stories; I was the bad guy without enough of the connection that grounds those high […]

to see the light, be the light: shifting perspective

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Transitioning back into the classroom full time at a new school has been so. stinking. hard. To the point where I feel caught in a web spun by a mid-life-career-crisis-spider. (More on that to come later.) I work at least 60 hours a week. I am tired. I am overwhelmed. I never feel good enough. […]

Learning in Circles: Implementing Effective Socratic Seminars

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An edited version of this post first appeared on Edutopia. “Socratic seminars help me understand other people’s perspective as well as advance my own through critical thinking…They have also helped me become a better leader by engaging my peers in the discussion through deepening questions.” ~BQ, class of 2016 One of my favorite moments as […]

sanctifying space for closure

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May brings showers, raindrops of tears that roll down the cheeks as I say goodbye and best wishes to students who have melded into the tissue of my heart. And without the protection of umbrella or raincoat, I run directly into the impending storm clouds of emotions. I dance in the rain because I need […]

on confidence

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Don’t you love those trainings that actually get you thinking? Not the ones that waste your time, the ones that leave you with a kink in the neck because you’re constantly glancing at the clock, but the ones that hit you… “in the feels?” (as my kiddos would say). Yesterday I had the blessing of […]

creating a student-led classroom

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During this past school year, I have focused on creating a student-led classroom. This focus grows out of my own ideologies as a teacher, the evaluation system of my district, as well as the professional development our school has been receiving. One of my goals as a teacher has always been to transfer the locus of control […]

OUR mom

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A few years ago, I distinctly remember posting this status to Facebook: Happiness is hearing your husband and your Mom talking on the porch. Lately, I have lived without that happiness, and it is. just. sad. This year marks the second mother’s day since my Mom’s passing. One of the things I miss the most about […]

everyday easters

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It’s been a rough couple of weeks around these here parts. Dave has been busy focusing on some consuming work projects; our house is in a constant state of remodeling flux; work for me is picking up with both the testing and senior season; we’ve both been sick. This all adds up to a cacophonous version […]

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