A Sight to Behold

Sometimes when I meet a line of students and lead them through the hallway to the gym, I turn around to look at them. Often, I admit, I am giving them the “Don’t-make-me-ask-another-rhetorical-question-about-our-understanding-of-line-behavior” look. And sometimes I look at them and smile. I look at them and actually see them in their 6, 7 and… Continue reading A Sight to Behold

Why “Teaching People, Not Poses” Matters

Teaching People, Not Poses by Jay Fields offers 12 principles for teaching yoga with integrity.  When I picked up the book three weeks ago at a friend’s apartment, I got chills as I began reading. Much more than a book about yoga, this concise manual unpacks some truths that lie at the heart of teaching. … Continue reading Why “Teaching People, Not Poses” Matters

I’ll Meet You There – Easier Said Than Done

You plan to go out with a friend and you agree to meet up in specific location. The plan assumes that each of you will travel some distance to reach the common meeting point. In teaching we may operate on a similar assumption.  I, the teacher, will travel a ways to meet my students where… Continue reading I’ll Meet You There – Easier Said Than Done

To the child who says “I can’t”

I respond: “you say, you can’t.” I suggest, “you can’t YET and you can learn to.” I may say, “You say you can’t and thank goodness, because that’s why I am here: to help you learn how to.” I may say, “Show me what you can do and we’ll go from there.” I may ask,… Continue reading To the child who says “I can’t”

An Unusual Honor

On Wednesday at my school it was “Dress up as your favorite teacher day” and it was a surprise for teachers.  The Elementary Student Council, comprised of some very clever 4th and 5th graders, came up with the idea and organized the whole activity without the knowledge of their teachers.  Parents were informed through the… Continue reading An Unusual Honor

Parent-Teacher Conferences – Cause for Celebration

I really enjoy parent-teacher conferences.  I see it as a wonderful opportunity to share perspectives on some very important individuals: my students; your child or children. I sit down with parents for 5 to 10 minutes and it never ceases to amaze me what I can learn, what I can offer and how much connection… Continue reading Parent-Teacher Conferences – Cause for Celebration