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Market Street, Bus Ride Into Empathy

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Empathy. Can’t teach it, surely can model it. “Market Street”, 2015, a Newberry, Caldecott and winner of other prestigious prizes, reads as a modern masterpiece for children of all ages. Not only does it appear to be a gentle intergenerational love story between a boy and his grandma, we experience diversity, kindness and empathy throughout […]

Spring Promises

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It’s been awhile since I wrote for you and I apologize for that. The good news is I’m still here. I seriously doubted I could get out of the mess I was in, no fault of my own. Life happens. This is not a blog about my illness, and what happened to me, but it […]

The Parrot, A Thanksgiving Parable

The Parrot, A Thanksgiving Parable I hope you enjoy this story, perfect for your Thanksgiving festivities. Traditionally my family has always shared stories, our thanks of course, made plenty of toasts, and I always wrote plays for the kids. Once in awhile we found something really fun to share at the table; this one came […]

The Shadow-a-Student Challenge Returns

Last year, I participated in more Twitter chats than I can count. I co-hosted 2 Edcamps and went to a national conference. I even traveled to Australia to present at a conference! But, there was one professional development experience that surpassed any of those events by far; and it didn’t cost me anything. I participated […]

My One Word 2017 – AWAKE!

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No matter where you look on social media, you will undoubtedly see posts about how happy people are to see 2016 come to an end. The year was marred by issues of violence and brutality in all areas of our country, deaths of many people who contributed to society, the election of a demagogue to […]

Empathy Requires Imagination

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Empathy. Inclusion. Acceptance. Kindness. Respect. These are qualities we want our communities to exemplify. These are qualities we often seek to directly cultivate in our schools. Anti-bullying programs, multi-cultural clubs, and policies supporting LGTBQ students, are positive initiatives that move us away from ignorance and towards greater understanding. My fear is that these kinds of […]

EVERYBODY COOKS RICE!

Everybody Cooks Rice Learning To Cook Together I AM WRITING THIS TONIGHT FROM MY HEART. It’s World Kindness Day today! Recent events caused me to lose my faith for a bit. It wasn’t just about who won or didn’t win the Election, but the level of hate spewing throughout and continuing. I worry about the […]

Bye for Now

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Over the weekend, I had to make one of the hardest decisions of my life. I had to take the step and euthanize my dog, Lola. Lola was a rescue from Puerto Rico, being 1 of 13. When we were researching adoption options, we saw this and traveled about 2 hours to pick her up. […]

Breaking the Silence…

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Last week, I wrote apiece about some looksthat my students receivedon a field trip. It was an eye-opening experience for me that demanded immediate attention and reflection. I shared the piece with my learning network and over all of my social media sites, but how could it end there?How could I create change in the […]

Skin Deep

I love going on field trips with my students. There is something special about taking a group of students to a place that they have never been to see things that are completely new to them. You notice a true sense of wonder, engagement, and curiosity emerge when you take a child to explore a […]

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