Gratitude for Returning to School

I’ll listen to podcasts on my drive there and novels on the way home. I’ll have a bright, safe space to meet with students. I’ll get to chat more with co-worker friends and take kids outside for their groups. We can watch spring come together, and look at the sky instead of screens. Then, weContinue reading “Gratitude for Returning to School”

Gratitude Day 12

I teach English Learners at a diverse school in the suburban Twin Cities. I get tired of the news painting such a bleak picture of what this year has been like for EL students. Today, my list is focused on what has been good about teaching in a pandemic. The girl from Palestine who showedContinue reading “Gratitude Day 12”

First Grade 2020

I went in the classroomto get my student,but they were sharing riddlesthat they had writtenin their paper, word-study booklets.So I stood next to her deskand waited. Eleven desks were evenly spacedthroughout the room.Kids, whose feet could not yetreach the floor, sat in chairs wearing soft, bright masks. The teacher’s examplelit up the Smart board,What hasContinue reading “First Grade 2020”

Teachable Moments: Living, Educating, and Parenting During COVID-19

April 25, 2020 Dear Parents, I am a parent and have been a teacher for 20 years. I see so many parents on social media that are so stressed about the pressures of remote learning. I am writing this to say, STOP! YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO THIS TO YOURSELF! Teachers barely understand howContinue reading “Teachable Moments: Living, Educating, and Parenting During COVID-19”