When I was young, I used revel in riding on a see-saw. The exhilaration going up, as high as it could, was both fearful and invigorating at the same time. Going down was, well, it was a downer until, thud, I hit the ground. I can akin this experience to my summer of ups and... Continue Reading →
Dear New-Teacher Friend, As you know, every teacher has a bag of tricks... it's that mythical, mystical bag (our heads) where teacher tips are checked in and out like a library of books. Don't worry, you've already accumulated some of your own, in your training, I'm sure of it, but you'll continue honing your magic... Continue Reading →
I was just about to begin writing a piece that's been ruminating in my head for a while when I take pause to "just be here," as my friend reminds me so often. At the beginning of summer, I created this room-- this space, just for me. My study. I filled it with things and... Continue Reading →
An old post, but a good one!
Have you ever read a book that, unknowingly (perhaps self consciously) in the choosing of it, speaks to something you’re going through at the time you are reading it? The connection is awe inspiring! It’s happened to me several times, actually. And I add such experiences to my book of kismet.
Most recently, well, two years ago this Columbus Day, I was on Cape Cod with my girlfriends. One, who lives there all summer, takes us to the quaint shopping area in Harwichport town center. After lunch, she says, “I have to take you to this adorable book store. You’ll love it!” And I did. Upon entering I felt a hominess, as sense that the owner was probably the only employee who just loved bringing in original and, often, local books. I can loom for hours in a bookstore, perusing, touching, smelling. My hand picked up a thinish book; pictured…
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My summer is full of "projects"-- tasks I simply don't have time for during the school year. This summer is no different. However, one such project was multi-purposed: for me to create a room of my own. As my children grew, physically bigger, the space in my house seemed shrinking and mine seemingly obsolete. When... Continue Reading →
Mentoring student teachers is one of the greatest pleasures of my job. I'm not on of those who looks to it as an opportunity for a break in my course load, and, if one is a good mentor, the work load certainly multiplies instead of diminishes. I enjoy many things about working with new teachers--... Continue Reading →
Have you ever read a book so inspiring that you just wanted to become a better person after having read it? That novel, for me this summer, is Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It's a young adult novel about a ten year-old boy, Auggie, whose face is disfigured, and he's entering a traditional school setting for... Continue Reading →