• A Phone, a Pizza, and a Connection

    My ex-husband lives a few hours away. He rents a small room behind a house in a not great part of town. When COVID hit, he got sick and lost his job. His car broke down around the same time. Because California’s unemployment system is so archaic, it took about…

  • Still Don’t Know Anything…

    Still ruminating on my May post, entitled “I Don’t Know What I’m Doing“ Remember when we were teenagers and knew everything? My youngest daughter is there now. She’s 18, about to start college in a month, and knows it all. Until she doesn’t. And then she seeks me out, with…

  • The Why is the Key to the What and the How

    He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how. Friedrich Nietzsche I have been thinking about teachers a lot lately. Many of you are working on revising, rewriting, or simply writing curriculum and lesson plans that ares responsive to the different teaching you’ll be doing as…

  • I Am Not Everything to Students

    I saw this tweet the other day, and on the surface, it sounds like an amazing acknowledgement of the work of teachers: But listen… Teachers are not EVERYTHING to students. Nor should they be. When we see ourselves as EVERYTHING, as touchers of souls and builders of community, we see…

  • Where are the Robot Teachers?

    Last night I was invited to speak to a class of preservice teachers about the role of IT in education. It’s a hard topic to address since it’s so vast and all-encompassing. Do I talk about servers and switches or how to placate grumpy IT Techs (haha) or share the…

  • You’re Not Communicating Enough

    With COVID-19, and schools going online, offline, partly online, maybe closed, maybe open, maybe only partly open (whew!), people are getting bombarded with messages and emails and notifications flying at them from all angles. And yet, no one feels informed… why is that? I thought I’d share some food for…