- Mar 9, 2021
Reclaiming Teaching Joy by Changing the View
by Pam Koutrakos The sudden stops and clunky restarts are not new. My day-to-day, week-to-week experiences often feel reminiscent of the...
- Jun 11, 2020
“When things are shaky and nothing is working, we might realize that we are on the verge of something.” - Pema Chodron My favorite genre...
- Jun 9, 2020
Looking Ahead with Belief, Compassion, and Hope
I recently read Can we stop telling the ‘corona kids’ how little they are learning? (published in the Washington Post). After many weeks...
- May 21, 2020
Revising What Self-Care Looks Like and Means to Me
On March 19th, Making MY Plan: Self-Care During School Closings was posted. I knew that my educating and caregiving instincts were...
- Nov 22, 2019
Exploring the Facets of Quiet & Shared Reflection
Reflection takes courage. Whether you are thinking back to a moment from the past or freeing up your mind to think about what’s ahead,...
- Nov 5, 2019
Developing the Story of WE
Often in the beginning of the year we are tirelessly working on routines and structures that will help students develop independence,...
- Oct 22, 2018
Teach On, Read On, Write On, Search On
Like so many novice teachers, I recall spending hours before and after school in my second grade classroom while communing with Liz and...
- Dec 8, 2017
Two Magic Words For Students: Part 2
In part two of my post Two Magic Words: What Else?, I’ll share some ways I ask students the “what else?” question in order to cultivate...
- Dec 5, 2017
Two Magic Words: "What Else?"
Flashback to the year 2000: As a starting teacher, the principal met with me almost every week. . . for a full hour. Her questions always...
- Nov 15, 2017
A Healthy Teacher = A Healthy Classroom
Refreshed. Energized. Ready to conquer anything. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of being a teacher at the beginning of the...