Personal

A Tribute to My Bestie

On July 31st, I lost my best friend. She died, unexpectedly, of a blood clot after battling breast cancer and undergoing reconstructive surgery. Christine’s been my best friend since I moved to San Diego in 2000. Before her, friendships for me were fleeting. They came, they went, and that was life. But Christine… she was […]

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Teaching and Learning

Learning to Stand

Just in case the only thing missing from your day is a baby flamingo learning to stand on one leg. pic.twitter.com/em5N6ogg69 — Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) July 23, 2019 A young flamingo has to learn how to stand on one leg. And like the flamingo, our students need to learn executive functioning skills for school success. […]

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Book Reads

Reading Our Way to an Understanding of Racial Justice

A colleague of mine, Andrew Arevalo, posted on Twitter that he had started reading White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo. A Twitter conversation began in which people shared other books that would also be great reads. Here’s the books that were shared: For White Folks […]

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Personal | Personalization of Learning

Don’t Buy Me Flowers

My boyfriend and I have very different communication styles, especially when it comes to sharing our feelings. He’s just not the kind of guy who will bring me flowers, or leave me notes or proclaim his love for the world to hear. So when we decided to pull weeds at about 7pm last night, the […]

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Leadership | Teaching and Learning

Excel at Everything! Do it RIGHT NOW!

Last week, I asked a teacher I admire if she wanted to share some of her passions with my blog readers. Her answer made me sad. She said she didn’t feel like she had done anything worth sharing this year – new grade level, new school, etc. had all left her feeling like she was […]

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Personalization of Learning

Slow Down

Three school site primary teacher teams have been spending the past two months digging into agency and personalization. What is it? Why is it important? And what do I need to do to provide it for students? Each group was tasked with presenting an overview of what they had learned, using the Zoom Panel guidelines […]

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