Day 14 – #AprilBlogADay – Why I Teach

Why I Teach Occasionally during excruciatingly busy times in my years of teaching, I’ve dreamt of quitting and becoming a receptionist in a sleepy office where I didn’t care about the service or product. But I never did. I’ve stayed in this crazy world of teaching–teaching kindergarten through undergrads (not quite everything in between, but […]

Day 13 – #AprilBlogADay – Literacy

How is literacy critical to the advancement of society today? I’m going to assume we all believe literacy is critical to the advancement of society. Literacy is so multifaceted, though, I wonder what are all those facets of literacy needed to advance society? Here are just a few random thoughts on this, a busy day in the middle of […]

Day 9 – #AprilBlogADay – Advice

What would you say to your beginning teacher-self? I would give two pieces of advice to my beginning teacher-self. Don’t be such a know-it-all. You don’t know anything, really. It’s OK to not know. It’s OK to admit your ignorance. It’s OK to have questions. In fact, you will not begin to succeed until you become […]

Day 8 – #AprilBlogADay – Questioning

How should we foster question asking instead of answer getting? Ah, great question! Since I spend my days in school, I’ll consider it at the school level. Actually, just a string of random thoughts on the topic. If we can make school a place that values questions more than having all the right answers, then […]

Day 7 – #AprilBlogADay – Champions

Has anyone ever helped you in your career? Been your champion? How will you become someone else’s champion? I’m thinking of Barb Davies. She was my instructional coach when I went back to teaching in 1999 after a ten-year baby raising break. My experience teaching in the 80s was very different. We were given textbooks […]