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July 10, 2020 When Your Glasses Fall Into the Lake

May we always see life through love-colored glasses.                                                                 ...

June 5, 2020 My Son

My son is black. I am not. If he was in your classroom, he would be listed as Jordan Ayres on your roster. I call him Jay. He’d be the...

May 29, 2020 Missing Hallways

On the simplest level, telecommuting makes it harder for people to have the kinds of informal interactions that are crucial to the way knowledge moves through an organization.                                                                     James...

May 22, 2020 Write Now

There is no life that does not contribute to history.   Dorothy West Last spring, this is what I heard myself and other educators saying: When will you finish state...

May 15, 2020 Seeking Community

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.                                                               Mother Teresa Look around your corner of your professional world. My guess is there are all kinds of...

May 8, 2020 Eagle’s Nest

In an eagle there is all the wisdom of the world.                                                                        Lame Deer Last summer I was visiting my friend Sandy at her remote summer camp on an island in...

May 1, 2020 Virtual Third Things

Cards are one means of bridging differences in age and habits, drawing children and parents, old and new friends together in fair and friendly competition.                                                  Florence Osborn Every afternoon around...

April 24, 2020 Truth and Judgment

Literacy is freedom, and everyone has something significant to say.                                     Jimmy Santiago Baca At a recent keynote address, Jimmy Santiago Baca challenged me (and everyone else in the audience)...

April 17, 2020 An Amazing Time

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.                                                                              ...

April 10, 2020 Savoring a Book Just Because

Books are a uniquely portable magic.                                                ...

April 3, 2020 Good Enough

The best is the enemy of the good.                                                                                                     Voltaire It’s 2:00 a.m., and...

March 27, 2020 New Plans

You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens.                                                                     Mandy Hale If you’ve spent much time around me (virtually...

March 13, 2020 Learn to Care

Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.                                               Anthony J. D’Angelo It’s transition time in kindergarten....

March 6, 2020 At Least No One Died

A bus ride is like being in another world.                                          ...

February 28, 2020 Strengths Focused

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.                                                                            Mother Teresa As I sat to the side of the classroom watching a community of second...

February 21, 2020 A Place for Writing

Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good work habits.                                                                   Twyla Tharp In Write What Matters, Tom Romano explains how he helps students think about...

February 14, 2020 The Poem in Your Heart

The brief sum of life forbids us the hope of enduring long.                                                                           Horace When...

February 7, 2020 Grammar’s Flexibility

The greater part of the world’s troubles are due to questions of grammar.                                            Michel de Montaigne My nephew said to his mom, “Me and Brennan are going to play...

January 31, 2020 Creativity and Community

The constraint, whatever it is, supports action.                                                        Amy Tangerine Diana Glyer has spent much of her professional life studying the “Inklings”—the group of writers that included J.R.R. Tolkien and...

January 24, 2020 Kindness in the Storm

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.                                                                                 Amelia Earhart When the weather turned violent at Camp...

January 17, 2020 I See You

Being safe is about being seen and heard and allowed to be who you are and to speak your truth.                    ...