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Middle school science teacher--hoping to inspire wonder

Dear First Year Teacher

Dear First Year Teacher, Welcome to the greatest profession–the one on which all others depend.  (Don’t worry; this letter isn’t going to be filled with catchy quotes and platitudes.)  I write this to you as you are preparing for your … Continue reading

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Defeat (at the hands of National Boards)

I sit, surrounded by the demands of the National Board certification process, sinking in the despair of defeat, realizing that I don’t measure up. As I’ve done with other experiences in my life, I consider how this experience might relate … Continue reading

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Speaking Up

Whenever I’m in a professional development setting, I try to compare it to my classroom.  Professional development seminars and college courses are practically the only times that teachers are in the position of captive learners.  This kind of reflection happens more often … Continue reading

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Why I Worry

“Josh” was in second grade.  He could have been described as “all boy,” full of life and energy. If you looked closely, you’d also see a loving heart and a deep desire to do the right thing.  Thirty seconds into … Continue reading

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How Was School?

“How was school?” What kind of response do we want to hear when others (parents, community members, etc.) ask that question to our students? What we value in the classroom, what sits “front and center,” what we promote, will find … Continue reading

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A Teacher’s Week in the Woods (part 2)

This is the second in a series of posts offering a reflection on the week I spent at Brandon Springs Group Camp in Land Between the Lakes with several teachers and people involved with environmental education.  Here are a few … Continue reading

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A Teacher’s Week in the Woods (part 1)

In early June, I had the opportunity to participate in a week of reflection, rejuvenation, and environmental education at Land Between the Lakes.  About 20 teachers and others involved in environmental education came together to spend time living in community … Continue reading

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