reflection

This is HARD…

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I have found my entrance into politics exciting, exhausting, and invigorating. I knew that this would be my most challenging endeavor yet, but this is on another level. This is hard and not just in the ways that one would think. Now, I did not think that running for a seat in the United States […]

Thank You and Goodbye…

Last Thursday was the end of a mini-era. It was my last day as principal of Brookfield Elementary School, a K-8 out of district placement for students with behavioral and emotional difficulties. In 8 years as an educator, I have worked in 4 different schools. Each departure from a school has been difficult emotionally for […]

Where True Character Grows

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Those of us who actively engage ourselves in the noble and remarkable craft of teaching soon realize that we’re as much a student as the kids we are standing in front of. We set up our classrooms with all learners in mind, we research effective classroom layouts and design, share best practices with our colleagues, […]

An Open Letter to My Former Self

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As I enter my eleventh year in education, I have spent a lot of time reflecting back to my first year. A decade into my career, I am making a transition from the classroom to an instructional coaching position. This has caused much thought about what I know now and what I knew way back […]

What the Class of 2016 Taught the Teacher

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This year I had the privilege of teaching 80 seniors; however, there were 81 students in my class this year because I learn every year alongside my students. Here are my main takeaways from the year: Rigor and fun can go hand-in-hand– My classroom tends to be marked with laughter, but this class took having […]

Assess for Success

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Do you teach well? How do you determine the merit of your teaching? How do you relay this information to others? It’s difficult to be objective with regard to your own work. That’s why it’s important to create a self assessment process that helps to move you forward with your teaching and learning–a process that […]

Reflecting, Walking, and Stimulating the Mind

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We recently went to the zoo on a rather warm and sunny day. The animals were active and our kids had tons of questions we loved contemplating the answers to. Summer has arrived! The school year is finally coming to an end. This is the time of year when my jealousy of teachers who have […]

I’m Just Getting Warmed Up!

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It was a great year! I had a blast! It had a lot of ups and downs. It was a tough year. It was awesome! One down, 25 more to go. After seventeen years in education, I think I have used all of the responses above to the all too familiar question from others during […]

See Them. Be With Them. Learn From Them.

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“Forever Is Composed Of Nows” – Emily Dickinson This is the third post in the “Breaking Sticks” series on unstructured play and lessons I learned as a father and a teacher from my 2 year old son Adam playing with sticks while we were out on a walk one sunny day. Please click on the […]

Great Divide: What does high school prepare kids for?

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High school classrooms offer learning targets and reminders. The room littered with informational facts that inspire and create connections throughout the year. A word wall with prior, current and future learning keeps an eye on where we start and where we are going. How many people have seen a college classroom or job cubicle look […]