May 21, 2020

On March 19th, Making MY Plan: Self-Care During School Closings was posted. I knew that my educating and caregiving instincts were kicking into high gear and I needed to think beyond “one day at a time” and actively strategize ways to sustain efforts and energy long-term. I created “my plan” as a way to nourish myself- even amidst all that was happening. 

In school, we often talk about setting real...

April 16, 2020

As a consultant, my daily work life consists of learning with teachers and being a side-by-side thinking partner. We study, experiment, and explore practices with the goal of supporting students. It is joyful work, and I have always loved the connection and community that it brings. Coaching and consulting are equal parts instructional conversation and human connection. However, over the last few...

April 1, 2020

Katie Egan Cunningham was one of the first people to post sample home schedules to help us maintain some semblance of structure and routine over the coming weeks. She also posted ideas for choice time, using the themes of connect, create, move, and discover. I was immediately drawn to these themes as they inherently highlight playfulness and joy. I was inspired by Katie’s brilliance and created a...

March 20, 2020

Instructional coaches thrive on supporting colleagues, students, and community members. As schools transition to online learning and home learning, there are a lot of unknowns. Coaches might wonder about how to provide support and ponder concrete ways to make a real difference. Here are five suggestions to get your wheels spinning:

1. Vet and compile the incredible resources people are generously p...

March 19, 2020

Like many others, my mind has been preoccupied with thoughts of the children in my home, my extended family, students near and far, colleagues supporting all those students- and their own families… and of course, our community at large. Two days ago, I imagined writing a few different blogs, each with unique ideas and resources for preschoolers, elementary school students, and older students at ho...

May 7, 2019

I am constantly amazed by how people view middle schoolers. When I meet people and it comes up that I am a teacher, the response often starts with an Awww, that must be a challenging job, and then turns to a dramatic “Why on earth would you want to...?”  when I tell them I teach in a middle school. No matter how passionately I explain how much I love this age of learners and that these students su...

November 14, 2018

My grade level colleague Becca and I huddled around a student’s desk during our lunch period. As we planned learning experiences to support the children in our classrooms, we flipped through professional texts, added ideas to a shared Google doc, penciled in notes on a calendar, and checked out blogs. Between bites of our lunches and the sound of the occasional tennis ball bouncing off the window,...

October 22, 2018

Like so many novice teachers, I recall spending hours before and after school in my second grade classroom while communing with Liz and Denise, who were also new to teaching. The three of us were self-taught workshop teachers. We attended professional development offered by education publishers,  pored over teaching books, and constantly talked our way to understanding and out of our fears that ou...

October 17, 2017

A·ware·ness    əˈwernəs/   Noun  
knowledge or perception of a situation

The start of each school year is like a first crush: highly anticipated, exciting, and INTENSE. We may begin the year starry-eyed, but once the initial blush of love and rush of adrenaline wear off, reality sets in. We may reminisce and long for the days in the spring,   when we had a room full of lear...

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