Tell me a story.

Tell, not read.  When I read Mindset for Learning a few years ago for the first time (it’s one you’ll revisit over and over again), the one technique in the book I glossed over was the storytelling.  As a coach, with no class of my own, I didn’t know how to make it work.  Not knowing how to utilize it, I ignored it, but it always lingered in the back.. Read More

Think time.

Today I was working in a second-grade class pulling students and asking them a comprehension question after a read aloud.  The work was to help inform some coaching work with teachers and I was pulling half the class (the teacher was doing the same with the other half). I pulled a little girl who I knew from reading with and assessment scores, was above grade level.  She’s, as we say.. Read More

Be kind… to yourself.

Recently, I read a fascinating article on Edutopia about something called ‘vicarious trauma’ that really touched on a time in my career I try not to dwell on too much.  A few years ago, I taught at a school where there was a high level of students dealing with trauma – whether from neglect, abuse, hunger, violence or some other event – the reality was, I was treading into territory I.. Read More

Patience

Last week I had the privilege to sub in a kindergarten classroom.  I walked into my school, thinking my day was going to go one way and within a minute, the principal asked me, “Wanna sub in kindergarten?” And without missing a beat, I was, once again, teacher to little people. Now there’s something different when it’s not ‘your’ class and the kids don’t know how you do things. I told.. Read More

It’s August… Smile!

Oh August, you’re like a bad horror movie with your scary music and strings, sneaking up on us with your sledgehammer/chainsaw/machette/(insert obscene weapon of choice here).  It would seem I blinked and July was here and gone.  Another blink and August is in full swing – even my post about August took over a week of the month to happen.  I’ve heard it said that August is the Sunday night.. Read More

Progressives.

  For the last few years, my eye doctor has been warning me, ‘You’re getting very close to needing reading glasses…’ Now I already wear glasses, so in my mind, all I could think was – BIFOCALS.  Each year, during my annual eye exam, he would heed the warning, I’d brush my hand away at him in denial, and life went on. Well this year, after having some issues with my.. Read More

{solsc} PD. #sol16

Yesterday was a PD day for my district’s entire K-2 staff.  Weeks of planning and preparing with my coaching partner, Susan were finally in play.  Unsure of how we were received, the feedback from staff was overwhelmingly positive.  Without even looking at the end of day survey results, teachers stopped me in the hallway on their way out and sent emails of appreciation and reflection. Leaving the classroom to become a.. Read More