Teachers in public schools in America face tremendous challenges and obstacles. And the work can be lonely and isolating at times as most of us are confined to our classrooms throughout the day. Finding ways to connect with like-minded adults who are also doing the divine work of educating today's youth requires a bit of out of the box thinking. Here's my take.
This past week, I had the honor and true privilege to train at the Ron Clark Academy (RCA) in Atlanta, Georgia. For you non-educators out there, RCA is a non-profit private school that mostly serves students from low-income households. Co-founded by Ron Clark and Kim Bearden, the school also actively trains educators from all over … Continue reading On Love and Belonging
I don't know about you, but around 4pm on Sundays, I start a brief period of melancholy. I can feel the weekend coming to a close, and I'm bracing myself for the week ahead... teaching lessons that require a lot of emotional energy, wading through difficult situations with students and their parents, balancing work and … Continue reading The Sunday Night Struggle Bus
Teaching our kids about consent requires us to first teach them empathy, the ability to see life from someone else's perspective and show compassion.
When educators talk about culture in their classrooms, what exactly does that mean? How does culture impact the learning environment? Has "classroom culture" become another buzz-phrase in the teacher world, just another thing to put on a teacher's to-do list? Over the past eight years, I've taught in classrooms filled with students who had at … Continue reading Classroom Culture and Why It Matters