At the beginning of each year, I want my 8th grade English students to know I'm going to push them. They need to know that they're going to leave my classroom ready for high school and ready to spend the next four years earning their first diploma. As a result, for the past 7 years I've … Continue reading Dear 8th Grade Student
I strongly believe in this idea that stakeholders should be invited to the table, especially when working with student leaders. After all, it's their school and they should be the ones to drive change whenever possible. At Lakeridge, greeting at the door has become part of our culture. Teachers greet students as they enter each … Continue reading Mandating Students to the Table
Roughly 3 years before Bear came home, I was sitting in a Mexican bar talking to a friend of a friend over salted margaritas. Eventually the kid conversation came up (it always does). She had three kids, we were adopting, yadayaya. At one point she said to me, "You have to have your own child. … Continue reading Love is Love
35 was bipolar. I love my job but some weeks I'm ready to quit teaching. I'm heartbroken by the lack of equity and justice in society and find hope in our youth & my community. I've focused on going with the flow while becoming more invested in vegetarianism, environmentalism and politics - none of which … Continue reading It’s My Birthday. Pick a Challenge.