Courage Rule #3 – Be good to yourself. Slow down. Eat well. Get plenty of sleep. Take care of your body. Exercise. Give yourself room to make mistakes. Take naps. Think kind and positive thoughts. Let go of guilt. Be your own best friend.
Reflect, learn, and adjust. Reflection, not perfection, is the key to progress. You don’t have to know exactly what to do; you have to be willing to reflect on what you do, learn from it and adjust accordingly. As long as you’re able to reflect, learn, and adjust, you can move forward – one risk […]
Take charge of your own learning. You’ve chosen the learning business as your life’s work. So, lead the way by designing a path for your own learning. Read. Write. Research. Reach out to colleagues. Be vulnerable. Ask great questions. Read some more. Don’t wait for others to “give you what you need”. You’re a professional. […]
Much has been written about the human capacity to overcome obstacles. These “hard things” are the unexpected challenges we all encounter in our lives and need to figure out how to rise above. Maybe the famous quote by Friedrich Nietzsche says it best, “That which does not kill you makes you stronger.” We all need a sufficient […]
Don’t give up when things get tough. Work this important is never easy. You can take this next step, whatever it is. Just stick with it long enough to pass through the awkward and uncertain first steps. Dig deep. Be patient. Be tenacious. Refuse to quit. Soon you’ll be able to look back and see […]
Celebrate along the way. Learn to recognize and celebrate even the tiniest bits of progress. Celebration becomes fuel in our tanks; keeping us moving forward and helping us resist the urge to quit (See Courage Rule #6). Keep track of small victories. Smile. Pat yourself on the back. Do a happy dance. Tell a trusted […]
If we let it, January can become a magical month of renewal. With the holidays behind us and the second half of the school year in sight, here are three reasons this educator treasures the month of January. 1) January is a time for fresh starts and big plans. How can you beat a […]
Today, what if we just kept it simple in our literacy classrooms? What if we made books, paper, accountable talk, and reflection our primary learning tools? What if we let go of busywork and time-killers? What if we created truly student-centered environments? What if we started today? today, let’s keep it simple books […]
Look around you today. There is a student who in front of you who desperately needs the world to slow down. There is a student who needs someone to simply lean in, be present and listen with their whole heart. Be that person. Long after the front-of-the-room lessons have faded, memories of how you […]
Teaching is messy, uncertain, confusing, and chaotic. We choose it anyway . . . Because no work matters more.
All of that energy we’ve expended this school year… The weariness we sometimes feel in our bones… The aching we sometimes feel in our hearts… The spinning we sometimes feel in our heads… It’s all worth if we keep recognizing the enormous importance of this complicated work we’ve chosen. Wherever you started, whatever you’ve tackled, […]
As summer draws to a close the preparation in schools is fast and furious. We’re getting ready to roll out the red carpet and welcome students back to school. We’ve pulled out our schedules and our plans. We’ve pulled out the furniture and the area rugs, the white boards and journals. We’ve pulled out the […]
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. Aristotle As you move back into the school year, heads and schedules full to overflowing with important content, don’t forget to reach out and connect with their hearts. When the heart of a child feels safe, loved, and secure, the mind of […]
Let me be clear. There are no magic wands in education. There are not quick-fixes. The instruction our students need in order to become authentically literate will require an ongoing, career-long commitment from us. We will never be able to consider ourselves, or our classrooms, to be finished products. We must adopt a growth mindset […]