Back to school #1st3days

Every year is a fresh start. This year, I’m mixing it up to engage parents & students a little better. Day 1 has shortened periods and is often very stressful. Thanks to Tricia Ebvaria on Twitter, I have a brand new idea for Day 1: Jenga Questions. And instead of reading the syllabus, which I […]

Observant #OneWord2019

The end of 2018 felt like a blitzkrieg, with assessments and commitments bombarding any peace I might have felt. As 2018 drew to a close, I knew I would have to find a more centered approach to my teaching life. For 2019, I have chosen to focus on being observant. Observant can mean being wary, […]

Reflecting on The Immortalists

β€œIn New York, he would live for them, but in San Francisco, he could live for himself. And though he does not like to think about it, though he in fact avoids the subject pathologically, he allows himself to think it now: What if the woman on Hester Street is right, and the next few […]

Owning your mistakes

I’m trying to make a point about white privilege and antiblackness. Could you please refrain from using ghetto slang and only write in proper English pls? β€” R.L. Nave (@rlnave) July 15, 2018 As a white teacher, what should you do when you realize that what you’ve said in a public space is racist? […]

Talking Colorblindness with my 12 yr old

4 officers just showed up on my doorstep. they showed their badges and asked to speak to someone inside my house. i instantly saw their guns. when i asked if they had a warrant, an officer threatened to come back with a warrant and rip my door off its hinges. (1/?) β€” Tomi Adeyemi (@tomi_adeyemi) […]

Giving back: the case study

“I share because the learning I create and the experiences I have help others. I share to push my own thinking and to make an impact on learners, both young and old, all over the world.” from The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity by George Couros I confess. […]

EdCamp Reflections

The Intervention Ziggurat vs. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs The more you know, the more you realize you have to learn. This was never more clear to me than on June 21, when I attended my second #SpedCampOH. An edcamp is a professional development opportunity where the agenda is set by the participants when they arrive. […]

KRLitClub Begins!

How do you get your principal who hates rocking the boat to sign on to controversial YA Lit book clubs? Well, let me tell you a story… My principal and I have known each other for almost ten years. He knows that I love to try new things, from flexible seating to taking students to […]