Shopping for school supplies is a ritual that some meet with excitement and others dread. No doubt about it, it is packed with emotions. There is the pure overwhelming joy that a 7-year old might feel about sparkly folders covered in Bulldogs wearing sunglasses. There is the calm repose of a parent deciding which supplies … Continue reading The School Supply Blues
I am making a list of all the things I think might be possible and are probably necessary before summer break is over and I return to my classroom. I mentally cataloged all the little things that are so wonderful in the summer that tend to not happen during the school year. I get a … Continue reading Oh, snap! I haven’t cleaned the baseboards yet!
Three days ago, as the rain fell softly on my mountain house after dinner, I looked out the window and made eye contact with our resident juvenile neighborhood bear. "Hi bear!" I said. The wet bear looked right at me, smiled I swear, and playfully romped up the hill to my driveway to jubilantly enjoy a butcher … Continue reading “Waltzing with bears…”
Sometime in the last few weeks of school my tenth year of teaching, I was complimented by a dear friend while stopping by the front office. I had known her a decade as a colleague and friend, but until that year, she didn't know I love to sing. Several hundred kids in the building have … Continue reading Waltzing Matilda
I remember fondly my first mentor teacher, Jeannine. For a semester in the fall of 2005, I helped in a first and second-grade classroom in an iconic Denver school building, called Steele Elementary. It was there I met a parent who would later become a force for seed-to-table gardening in a new movement aimed at improving school … Continue reading “Slow down, you move too fast…”
One of the benefits of teaching kids on the verge of puberty is that we all laugh and laugh and laugh when we have to talk about it. Tweenagers are such interesting animals! Their social sensibilities are developing, their political awareness is beginning, and their sense of humor is not quite the miracle of sarcasm … Continue reading “There is no oxytocin…”
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