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Around the Loom I Go! A Knitting Yarn

December 9, 2018

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My pursuit of warm scarves in colors of my choice leads me to take up a hobby–that brings me back around to the topic of my research for the past 4 years: mindfulness! Click on this LINK to read a journal about my 1st year of knitting on a loom. As often happens with subjects […]

Saying “NO!” to Dehumanization With Face-to-Face Conversation

November 3, 2018

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Lately, I have been feeling a vague angst over the way that tech giants have taken over education in ways that harm students and society. A question has lurked in the shadows of my consciousness. What can I, a classroom teacher, do in the face of this Grendel? How can I slay this monster? I […]

Mindful Conferences

October 28, 2018

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Parent-teacher conferences were held last week, and I was delighted to reunite with at least a dozen former students, whose offspring now sit in chairs they once did (partly because we still have desks from the 1990s–and they’re still in fine shape). After a quarter-century in the district, I simply begin my classes by asking […]

Mindfulness & the Self-Care Toolbox

October 20, 2018

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We're doing this so we can calm down and learn better.

PD for White Teachers: A Conversation on Confronting Racism

August 22, 2018

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I just finished listening to a conversation with Teaching While White team members, Elizabeth Denevi and Jenna Chandler-Ward, and author, Robin D’Angelo, of White Fragility. When D’Angelo is asked by teachers what to do about racism, she says her new response is, “What about your life has allowed you to be a full-functioning, professional, educated […]

Please Watch: Documenting Hate from Frontline

August 12, 2018

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Our classrooms must be living models of our nation's motto, e pluribus unum, "out of many, ONE," for all our students.

Returning To Reading Research

July 26, 2018

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I finally come back round to my reading research. Several months ago, I wrote: This is Part 1 of a Multi-Part Series on Reader’s Workshop in Senior ELA12. Future posts will narrate our journey through the unit, highlights and insights from the journey, and include explanations of how I model The Reading Life for my […]