December 17, 2018

 When you can see the good,
in any situation
then you know
you will be ok.

My Bubby’s wisdom
lingers in my mind today.
She taught me that there
is a blessing in any situation.
Look for the blessing and
keep looking until you find it.
Then you will be ok

That lesson lives within me.
It has helped me find the good
when I could not see it.
It has kept me looking for the blessing
when I did not want to face the challenge.
It has been what keeps me focused
on the goodness
It has helped me face the difficulties.
move through my shadows
It has become a teacher
given me new vision and
shifted my attention.

Thank you Bubby for teaching me
to have vision that can see
that which alludes me.
for teaching me how to see,
and understand the goodness


May 31, 2017

May we each incite a riot of learning and teaching in our lives. Who will join me in inciting this riot?

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May 30, 2017

I know when I am teaching when I see the vitality in my students. How do you know when you are teaching?


May 29, 2017

I did not know who wrote this quote til i found it again. One of my teachers shared this with me. We are all learners, doers, & teachers


May 28, 2017

Children know they have so much to learn and are open to it. May we embrace the desire and wonder of learning and of being taught


May 27, 2017

what you have come to teach can only be taught if you teach it. If you do not teach it, then it cannot be shared

I am so grateful to have my position as a teacher. At the start of each semester I am reminded what a blessing and privilege it is to be in this position. I have heard way too many professors at my school talk about what they have to teach their students. I talk with my students about how we teach each other. Yes, I know a lot and I am here to share my knowledge with them. However, they have taken classes, experienced things, read things, taken courses, and know things I could not learn if I had not met them.

I am also reminded of how much harm the educational system has done to students. I remember reading a book a while back called A Whack on the Side of the Head by Roger van Oech. He helped me to understand how our system has taught students that there is A right answer, when there is really not. He wrote,

By the time the average person finishes college he or she will have taken over 2,600 tests, quizzes and exams.  The ‘right answer’ approach becomes deeply ingrained in our thinking.  This may be fine for some mathematical problems, where there is in fact only one right answer.  The difficulty is that most of life isn’t that way.  Life is ambiguous; there are many right answers – all depending on what you are looking for.  But if you think there is only one right answer, then you’ll stop looking as soon as you find one.

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May 26, 2017

Do we value the teachers in our lives and the tradition of teaching? If not, let us begin by revaluing those who have and do.

Song of the Week

May 25, 2017

I love some of the old Motown recordings like this one that teach us to be there for those we love whenever they need us https://youtu.be/aZavuPOWeJY


May 25, 2017

The classroom is just a room. It makes no promises. It offers you only what you are willing to accept and receive.