[Friday Free Day] What if…

A boss I really liked posed a question similar to this to me one day… What if… we stopped teaching specific content for one week, one quarter, one year, and instead focused on the kids where they are at each moment.  Zero in on their learning edge and provide space, time, and resources for them…

[Friday Free Day] Reminders

Here’s a thought for a Friday.* How many reminder or warning bells are in your daily life? And, how many MORE reminders or warning bells are in your life than were, say, 10 years ago?  Here is typical morning in my world, with warning bells and reminders marked with a star. At 5:30 my clock…

[Friday Free Day] Stacks

I just loves me some stacks of books. It’s one of the surest signs that I am, indeed, an English teacher at heart. I got to work at the butt-crack of dawn this morning, and was greeted with these lovely stacks. Clockwise… The books I’m using as mentor texts at my presentation tomorrow morning.  …

[Friday Free Day] NPR–rrific

It is no secret, I am a public radio nerd.  I listen to my local NPR station to and from work most days, and on road trips.  I learn something new on a weekly basis–probably more, but I try not to exaggerate other than for means of literary hyperbole.  I often leave myself short voice…

[Friday Free Day] The Man at the Coffee Shop

There is a man that goes to my neighborhood coffee shop. He is quite elderly. He is either bilingual or has a difficult time speaking. I think it might be both–a mix of a stroke and stilted English.  He is there nearly every weekday morning that I am. Lately, he has been at the counter…

[Friday Free-Day] Procrastination

It turns out I have a super power I didn’t know about.  Oh, don’t get me wrong, I knew I was good at it, but I think I’ve crossed into the boundaries of “super” lately.  I have managed to procrastinate to a level that amazes even me.  This, my caped wonders, is why you have…