Endings

“Are you pretty close to tears today?” someone asked me minutes after I stepped into the building. For a brief moment, I thought about lying. Then, instead, I said, “I don’t get emotional at times like this.” It’s true. “What is wrong with you?” he joked. “I keep it at arm’s length,” I told him,…

New Stance Unlocked

Yes, this could be another video game reference, if you were paying attention last night. Or… This could be extension of my “and” series of slices. Because it is true that each year does exactly this: unlocks new stances. Year one (as coach): I am not the expert. Year two (back in the classroom): and…

A Quick Note

“Do you have a preference for when and how I tell people?” I asked. “I can’t think of a way to make this easy.” “Oh, I’m not looking for easy,” I replied. “Nothing about this is going to be easy. I don’t expect it to be.” I made my Thursday-morning lap around the building, stopped…

The Infinite Game

Leaders are not responsible for results. They are responsible for the people who are responsible for results. Simon Sinek, The Infinite Game “Good morning, Morgan,” they say in turn as they come up for air during the first minutes of their Thursday morning meeting. I wave. We review their upcoming assessment and share more than…

It’s What We Do

“I think you should sleep on it,” my husband told me last Friday. I was holding my phone up so he could read the draft of a post that went something like this: I wasn’t sure how I felt about having these ideas. On a Friday. In April. With two months to go. It had…

Talking Heads

We are all getting (or going to get) used to seeing ourselves on camera or finding ways to avoid seeing ourselves on camera. We record our lessons and read alouds, log in to Meet or Zoom for virtual meetings, and even video chat with people we would normally share space with. All the while, we…

Skills: Interactive (Now Virtual) Writing

It was the day for my “I do” lesson in kindergarten as part of my commitment to get to know our EL Education Skills curriculum better. It was also the last day of school for who knew (who knows) how long. We had gotten the call the night before that today would be our last…

Snow Day?

To the tune of “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman” from Disney’s Frozen. Would today have been a snow day? Would we have got the morning call? Would I still be tucked in my bed? Tangles on my head? Would we we dancing in the hall? We used to flush three ice cubes, And pray…

A Good Story

“The most important element in a good story is conflict.” -Beau Willimon, writer and producer of House of Cards My morning kicked off like any good story. I was a hour into a cup of coffee and the thread of demand was already pulling. Emails were starting to come in. Notifications were piling up. Text…

In Solidarity

Friday was the longest day that I can remember as an educator. Longer for my classroom colleagues, I am sure. Though our district publicly states that we’ve been preparing for weeks to send kids home to remote learning, staff truly had no more than 24 hours to get a plan together and implement it, all…