Being Mindful of How we Begin our School Year

As the new school year approaches, educators from kindergarten through higher education (myself included) are in a transitional period that can be cause for both great excitement and a sense of dread.  These last few weeks before school are a time to re-think how we have done things in the past and create new plans and possibilities for our classrooms.…

What does “trust the process” really mean in teaching?

  This week, my pre-service teachers celebrated the end of their “writing workshop” fieldwork experience with an authors celebration of their fifth graders’ writing. The middle school halls were lined with tables full of poetry, short stories, and magazines. Kids strolled around reading each others’ work and writing endearing messages on comment sheets that the…

How To Go From Burnt-Out to Fired-Up: A Book Review of “Thrive: 5 Ways to (Re) Invigorate Your Teaching” by Meenoo Rami

This past February, I attended EduCon Philly, an Ed-camp-like “education innovation” conference hosted by Science Leadership Academy (SLA – a public school in Philadelphia) and co-organized by Meenoo Rami, the Author of Thrive: 5 Ways to Re(Invigorate) Your Teaching and English teacher at SLA. I offered up a session around teacher education and 21st century…

The Buddha of Heidelberg Street

“When we recognize and acknowledge our own suffering, the Buddha – which means the Buddha in us—will look at it, discover what has brought it about, and prescribe a course of action that can transform it into peace, joy, and liberation” -Thich Nhat Hanh On a grey and chilly afternoon in Detroit, a friend and I…