Written: July 6th, 2020 This is the first summer I believe that I have truly begun to experience authentic professional development and it is no coincidence that I have had more freedom of choice this summer than ever before and I have done more reading this summer than I have since graduate school. I can’t … Continue reading The Traditional Gradebook: What is it good for?
“BE WHO YOU ARE” Outside of my classroom, you will find a sticker on my nameplate that says just that with white and rainbow lettering. It is a sticker I have kept for years since I went to my first PRIDE festival in Kansas City way back in college. I never knew what to do … Continue reading Teacher Identity: it’s personal
In many ways, all educators are put into a box. And, in many ways, that box continues to get smaller each year with state grading pressures, testing scores, and college readiness. As these pressures come down the pipeline, it also affects our students and puts them into smaller boxes. It is human nature to want … Continue reading Fighting our way out of the box…
When I stepped into my first classroom five years ago, I sat on my to-be teacher desk and cried. After 4 years of undergrad and an additional year and a half of grad school, I was relieved to be where I belonged. I feared nothing and I loved everything in that moment. I still remember … Continue reading Teacher Tears & Resiliency