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Friday, October 21st, 2016

Truth in Photography? – Teaching with a Social Justice Lens

When I had my own classroom, I couldn’t help but think about ways to help my students make sense of the big events happening in the world around them. Sometimes adults assume teenagers aren’t paying attention to anything outside of themselves, but my 16 years in the classroom taught me that the opposite is true. They […]

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016


He ran away from me on the playground on Saturday morning at the kindergarten meet up, no goodbye or hugging my legs or telling me he needs his warm-up time. I’ve been waiting for this moment for months now – for him to feel more independent and comfortable in his own skin. I’ve sat on […]

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Re-imagining Final Exams in a Connected Classroom

I’ve never really been a fan of exams. I certainly don’t like the standardized kind and I’m not really even a fan of teacher-created tests to show what my students have learned in my class. Have I written and given tests in the last 16 years? Certainly. Have some of those tests helped me to see […]

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Where Do I Start?

Since I presented at the Innovation Summit a few weeks ago, I’ve gotten a few inquiries from teachers who want to start blogging with students but they aren’t sure how to start. Or where to start. Or what they should emphasize first. I’ve written them back with quick answers to their questions about choosing a […]

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Summer Reading for 2nd Graders – What Nora’s Reading

The books are stacked high next to her bed these days. And when it’s quiet in the house in the few weeks we have at home together a fair guess is that she’s in her room reading. She read in the car for hours last week on our road trip – making me jealous since […]

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

My Mother, Myself

I was on the news this week, an interview that lasted all of 7 seconds. I watched it with my own kids piled around me, watching for their mom’s moment on the screen. And suddenly there I was, pink shirt and straightened hair, talking about education and changing the way we do things. I watched […]

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Even In The Scary Darkness

“Dad, why do people sometimes go into schools with guns and shoot kids?” she asked on the way home from school today. “Well, that’s something I really don’t have a good answer for,” he tells me he said. They had a lockdown drill this week at her school. They gathered together in the dark and […]

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Public Display of Three

We went bowling today. “Lane 5,” the cashier said and pointed to the far end of the alley. We headed towards the lane, away from the other families with young children assigned lanes 20 or 30 or 35. I walked with Miles tugging on me, Nora asking so many questions and hands full of rental […]

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

To My Daughter On The First Christmas She Doesn’t Believe In Santa

You sang last night in your first holiday show. You belted out the words you practiced, performed all of the carefully planned hand motions at just the right moment. You stood with your friends and before you started you all held hands. As you started to sing, your joy was palpable, your grins wide. And […]

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Tree Shopping With a Three Year Old

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