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…

If I had it to do over

Nine months ago, I was also the presenter at a JCIRA Festival.  I was given free-reign on the topic, given the freedom to choose the angle, and was glad for the professional push it gave me to dive deeply into a topic that felt – at best – uncomfortable and – at worst – completely…

Workshop: From Education to Aspiration

Where I’m From I am from the principal’s office where a King Soopers brown bag hid a metal lunch box inside: “Morgan, would you like to spend the whole day at school?” To which my five-year-old self answered “Yes.”   I am from Glennon Heights and Charlie Bear From Creighton Cougars and “It’s a great day…

Play Personality

Understanding child development is serious business, but teaching isn’t; teaching is about ensuring a joyful, challenging journey for each child.  How can we do that if we do not remain joyful and challenged ourselves? So which play personality are you? From Stuart Brown’s work, Kristi Mraz and Christine Hertz, the authors of Kids 1st from Day…

I Teach (Authentic Task #9)

What started out as a catchy title – No Assembly Required – became a series that set out to explore authentic literacy instruction in the most authentic way that I know how:  through reading and writing ourselves.  And though at times it felt like I was Going Solo, in my disenchantment for this vision, I knew,…

Firmly Grounded

I came home still energized and invigorated from conversations at school that day. This time, not about who were are so much as who we are not. We are not page-turning practitioners.  We are not curriculum cronies. In fact, when curriculum is described as Google Maps and “they” tell you that you are free to…

A New Vision (Authentic Task #8)

This, as it did in the village of the previous post, this is where the narrative begins to change.  Our story–the one we tell about our students’ learning experiences–it changes at the doors of our classrooms. A few months ago, a few weeks ago even, people responded to the vision with questions: What does he…

Let Them Be

It was the easiest decision I made all day, and it actually wasn’t even mine to make.  I was simply asked for my “professional opinion.”  His words came like rapid-fire, the pace that has pervaded most conversations since we finished the spring testing schedule: So, do we go with the essay today or make the…

Already Our Classrooms (Authentic Task #7)

What do our classrooms and Malta have in common?  What a strange question, I know. A teacher in the back right corner of our #JCIRA18 Winter Gala described the experience we’d had up to this point (all that has been captured in previous posts so far) as akin to the “Buzzfeed video.”  More specifically, the…

It’s Not Something You Do (Authentic Task #6)

We’ve come a long way to get here.  Blade writes: (Solo, page 220). We could start this post in the same vein: On the way to this place, we’ve passed open classrooms and Acuity probes and rigor and cognitive load and school board elections and Common Core coming and college- and career-ready and 21st-Century skills…