From the mouths of kids…

Nov. 10, 2016 “A good respite from the day after the election was the visit of Alex Myteberi. The six-year-old boy from New York had written a letter to President Obama after seeing a heart-breaking photograph of Syrian refugee Omran Daqneesh sitting silently in an ambulance, covered in blood and dust, after an air strike…

Promises

Seven days ago it felt like the whole world was sunshine on a crisp fall day. I voted early in the morning, stood in line longer than I’ve ever waited to vote, tried to keep my “I voted” sticker stuck the rest of the day. Six days ago I woke up and cried. And then…

Article: The Power of a Dinner Table

[How do we spend more time building real connections with other human beings instead of yelling at each other on twitter? How do we solve issues of inequality? How do we help people thrive? Maybe it is by having dinner together. Plus this reminds me of Thread.] The Power of a Dinner Table David Brooks, New…

Article: Why It’s Never Too Late To Rescue Failing Students

[Still obsessed with this organization, though “rescue” can be a tricky verb. The savior complex is alive and well and the mentors get a lot out of this too, which this article doesn’t recognize as much as the other one I posted. Still, gets me back to wondering what it would look like to do…

Grief

Barbara Kingsolver has been one of my favorite authors for many years now. I first read her work in high school, Animal Dreams and The Poisonwood Bible shaping my sense of her as an author. Then there was a recent summer where I read three of her books in a row. She comes from the…

“I brought a book!”

“I brought a book!” he said proudly, small smile beaming. “That’s great! Do you want to read it now or when we get on the bus?” “Now…” he responded a little sheepishly. So my new favorite kid plopped down on the bench next to me, pulled a book out of his backpack and I began…

Article: What I Wish I Could Tell Them About Teaching in a Title I School

[Recently resurfaced in my news feed and really resonated. Captures the highs and lows, from struggling to figure out how to teach all the kids (especially since my class has students at dramatically different levels of English proficiency this year) to frustrations over passing students who should be failing to, most importantly, feeling like I…

Back to School Bar-B-Q

Last Wednesday we had a back to school bar-b-q in the schoolyard. It was blisteringly hot out, but the littlest kids didn’t seem to notice. They were running around, channelling beginning-of-school nerves into boisterous energy. As adults, we huddled in the limited patches of shade, fanning ourselves, and wishing for the AC just inside the door….

Article: Dear Parent: About THAT kid…

[Not sure if this is partly because I’m running on not enough sleep (thank you late Amtrak and whining cats at 5 am) but this blog post made me tear up. To be as caring, capable, and competent as the author is a goal. Though she focuses on kids younger than the ones I work…