Tag Archives: Education

When You Wonder if You Did Enough

My classroom is quiet. Today was the last day of the school year, and I’m sorting through papers and materials—attempting to save only what is necessary. But I hold on tight because what if. What if I need it next year? Or … Continue reading

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Dear Teacher on the Tired Days,

I get it. I had a student hurt my feelings today. Words that cut deep and wounded because there is always an element of truth perceived by the one being sarcastic. And I’ve been icing my bruises all afternoon. The … Continue reading

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For the Teacher Desperate for Hope

My classroom feels heavy right now. A weight I can’t lift. Most days I can get past it. Most days my students are the reason I teach. Most days I’m the first to jump up and defend my teenage learners. … Continue reading

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The Reasons We Teach

My classroom is ready. I’m not. The laundry list swirls. I didn’t organize my files as planned. My summer reading list is still the list I started with. Those closet shelves never got installed. The fence wasn’t built. My summer … Continue reading

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Lessons My Students Teach

It was a few days ago. The question had been floating in and out of my thoughts, never really landing. When my thinker was all thought out, I did the only thing I could. I messaged a former student. Nestled … Continue reading

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Two Things That Really Matter in Education

It’s that time of year. School awards. Graduations. Promotions. Recognizing the achievements and intelligence of our nation’s children. Proud parents beam coaxing smiles from their children for pictures and social media posts. I’ve been one of them. My girl’s fourth … Continue reading

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