AND counting

Twenty-four years ago, you left me in front of Ms. Moreau’s geometry class to go to the weight room. It was a Tuesday. “What just happened?” my friends ask as we make our way down the even rows to our seats in class. “What?” I answer, a grin plastered to my face. “We just passed…

Sólo un poco

Quiero aprender a hablar español. Hablo español un poco. Sólo un poco actualmente. Yo puedo comprender un poco. Yo puedo leer un poco más. Es dificil a comprender español cuando el es hables con rapidez. Cuando yo escribo en español, es más fácil. Estoy aprendiendo.

World of White (2)

Dear Morgan, I am Privilege. First off, will you ever spell my name right? Two i’s. Two e’s, please. Man, it’s like we haven’t lived every day of your life together, I swear! Let me start by telling you something you already know: You can’t un-know me. Before long, you’ll be introducing me to more…

dependent AND independence

“We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading” -B.F. Skinner A few months ago at a national literacy conference, I spent a good part of the hour before lunch engaged in my favorite kind of professional learning: a teacher-as-reader journey through a series of lessons, in this case, about birds and…

here AND gone

Whenever you see me somewhere succeeding in one area of my life, that almost certainly means that I am failing in another area of my life. -Shonda Rhimes I did not go to work today. I planned to, all the way back to the day that I made the appointment. Micah has had over twenty…

fear AND faith

It is just beginning to snow in Breckenridge.  I am close to an hour early.  I’ve seen the space where I’ll “go on” in just a mere matter of minutes.  For now I am taking a walk to clear my head, to pass the time.  It is just beginning to snow.  And the view from…

the known AND the new

“And how do you feel about that?” she asked me. Honestly, when I stop to think about the way we have pushed “pause” on foundational literacy practices like –  gulp – putting it in writing makes it exceptionally real – but here goes – like independent reading and writing workshop, I felt like an impostor.  Like…

WonderlAnd

Just three little letters.  One little word. Endless possibilities.   Webster’s defines this feeling I’m having as “the psychological conflict resulting from incongruous beliefs and attitudes held simultaneously.”  Cognitive dissonance. Some might call it disequilibrium.   The problem with this vocabulary is that it places this state of being in the negative, the dark spaces…