Feliz Navidad! Tex-Mex, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas!

Armando’s Story, may our joyous hearts savor a fine tale. Sweeter than sweet! Dulces and regalos (gifts) too! Have a grand time reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. This super fun Tex -Mex version, was Armando’s Story, told to us December 24, 2003, on a snowy night in our historic cabin house, past Placerville, California, in […]

Filled with Great Thanksgiving

There was not enough counter space for all the food brought in for the staff Thanksgiving luncheon. So, the many delicacies were transported to the library and displayed atop the smaller bookcases and a few central tables. Turkeys and hams covered one bookcase. On another, a fine display of casseroles and salads were arranged. A […]

Everything for All

At the end of the last day before Thanksgiving Break, as I shuffled the kids out of the classroom, “Kevin” turned around and said to me, “I want to switch homerooms. I don’t like this class.” He paused and then he added, “And I don’t like you.” I locked up my door thinking, “Well, that […]

Giving Thanks for a Life Well Lived!

Thanksgiving Musings. Seasonal transitions, blending one into another, with mirroring inside and outside. Thanksgiving tiptoes in, closer now. Seems like everywhere we go people are rushing to get somewhere else. A time of laughter, tears, frustration, maybe a cold or two. Kids already writing to santa while pumpkins are still sitting on porches. Christmas lights […]

If You’re Wondering What Mindfulness Is Really About

If You're Wondering What Mindfulness Is Really About

Mindfulness is really about love. Love and creativity. I know these are foolish, simple words for me to say these days, but sometimes it’s the oldest, most overused picture book in the library that speaks the truth, generation after generation. When we choose the practice of mindfulness coupled with a daily, contemplative discipline like meditation, […]

Raise Your Hand If You Want to be a Teacher! What… Nobody?

Today, a great number of our Indiana teachers are headed to the Statehouse in Indianapolis for the Red for Ed Action Day to rally for a livable wage, a say in the types of professional development that is required for licensure renewal, and an end to the tie between their compensation and standardized test results. […]

The Wall

As we moved closer to Veterans Day, I began to realize that very few of my seventh graders had any inkling of the importance of the holiday. We read a few articles and watched a few videos, but World War I, President Wilson, and armistice were foreign topics for these children of the new millennium. […]

Celebrate Art and Craft of Teaching, Thoughts to Inspire You!

Art and Craft of Teaching

November is #GratitudeMonth. We are grateful to be together in this month of Thanks, as colleagues and friends. Tonight we are all about teaching. Teaching at its innermost core of goodness and joy.  Teaching as inspiration for generations of children in our care. No matter what obstacles, we are blessed. Let the change be, just […]

A Teachable Moment: Why 49% of Vets Wish You Would Stop Saying, “Thank You For Your Service”

Last Veteran’s Day, in a room of 3,000 people, my daughter goaded me to stand up and be recognized.  “Dad you’re a veteran, why aren’t you standing?”  I had no answer at the moment,  but now I do. The headline in Newsweek read: VETERANS ‘UNCOMFORTABLE’ WITH ‘THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE…’   The word “uncomfortable” […]

This Is a School That Trust Built

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Schools are microcosms of our society. They reflect what we are, like it or not.  Schools are also places where children and adults have the ability to connect and support each other on their life’s journey.  Within these schools, we’ve talked about the importance of building capacity and emphasizing academics as ways to improve the […]

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