• I used to think…

    I used to think that I understood children and that therefore I could become a good teacher. Now I see that my understanding of children is only partial, and with regards to individual children, actually illusory. I think I understand them but really I’m just applying rough proxies which don’t work for this child. Or… Continue Reading

  • Going Back to School Thoughts

    I’m not ready. I’ve never been all-the-way ready. The first day is always exciting, year, after year, after year. Imagine a career full of fresh starts annually. That’s teaching. Spending a few prep days with adult colleagues feels comforting. Yet nothing compares to the arrival of children in all shapes and sizes. Big sisters, little… Continue Reading

  • My Own PWI

    A thing happened today and I am still processing. Let me tell you about it. It’s the beginning of a new school year and we start off with an all-staff meeting led by our director. It’s nice to be back and I feel content sitting between dear colleagues. The meeting includes several announcements, acknowledgements and… Continue Reading

  • Fully Human and Hello, Belongingness

    On a recent #ClearTheAir Twitter chat discussing themes in the book Troublemakers by Carla Shalaby,  Val Brown raised this question: Talk about a time you were able to be “fully human” with someone. What were the conditions that made that possible? How did it feel? What can we do to replicate those conditions in our… Continue Reading

  • On Reading, Knowing and Not Knowing

    I went on a hike recently with my husband and 10 year-old son. The 90 minute uphill trek proved challenging and after 2 hours we were rewarded with spectacular views of the neighboring valley and an expansive alpine meadow. Hiking is not a frequent occupation of ours. Given that, our shared accomplishment of almost 4… Continue Reading

  • Radical Listening? Liberation Speaking.

    I spent time over an afternoon and a morning to listen to a talk by a Mathemetics Education scholar, Dr. Danny Martin of The University of Illinois at Chicago. He spoke at the Annual Meeting of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in April 2018. His talk plus the question and answer portion lasted about… Continue Reading