Entries Tagged as 'Education'

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Day Old Baked Goods and Respect for Teachers

There were doughnuts in the teacher work room this morning. And muffins. Slices of cake piled on top of each other. Pieces of pie and a few boxes of cookies. Bleary-eyed teachers walked in and lit up momentarily – sugar tokens of appreciation. Except they weren’t. More than one of us took a doughnut, a […]

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

I Let Them Write Poetry

A few weeks ago at a teacher professional development session for English I, the woman in charge said that there is no reason for our kids to ever write poetry. We were in the midst of a unit that culminated in our students writing poems about themselves, the places that define them, trying tricks of […]

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Handwriting and Handwringing

She’s sitting on the bathroom counter with a book propped in her lap. She’s holding the tiny sparkly pen she earned out of the prize box at school last week and I’m giving her words to spell. The lines on her paper don’t match the lines on the paper from school – the blue and […]

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Six Word Wednesday (sort of)

  This year I discovered my voice. Tomorrow night I will help name Austin’s next Teacher of the Year. It will mark the end of a year that has taught me more about what I am capable of, a year where my voice has been valued in arenas I didn’t even know existed before I […]

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Look Beyond the Scores

A few weeks ago, I wrote the following as an editorial for the Austin-American Statesman. Since I think this applies outside of just Austin, and since many of you didn’t have subscriber access to read it, I’m publishing it here today as well. Some of you might recognize pieces of it from previous posts here […]

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Raising a Teacher

Tonight I was on the stage for the fourth time in the last month, this time speaking to a huge audience of retiring teachers and their guests. Last week, my friend Meredith’s Listen to Your Mother essay made me think of all the villlages it takes to make us who we are. The line from […]

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Trust Them To Learn

We are having a poetry tournament in my freshman class. Each student chose a poem to enter into the tournament – not a poem they wrote themselves, but one that they found in a book or on the internet or in a magazine, one that struck something in them and that they thought worthy of […]

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

You’re Too Smart

Every time I pass the billboard on a nearby highway that asks “Want to Teach? When Can You Start?” I want to cry. I want to get out of my car and climb up the ladder and tear that sign down. The implication is that any old person can teach. That training and intelligence are […]

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Five Hours

I was at an all-day meeting today for an hour and a half before we got a break. We sat and had a discussion first – a discussion about a controversial topic, a topic that takes focus and processing to understand. After our discussion and an activity to process what we had learned, we got […]

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Other Voices for Change

Last week I wrote that parents need to feel the power of our own voices for change in our educational system. My post got commented on and shared and for that I am grateful. But I am also grateful that there are other writers, parents, journalists out there thinking about change too. Others with bigger […]

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