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
Oh boy. Stephanie Rivera tweeted some thoughts the other day which caught my attention via @theJLV because THEY WERE ALL IN CAPS. In my understanding, all caps in electronic communication is the equivalent of shouting. What was she shouting about? BATS MISSING THE POINT GOT ME HEATED RIGHT NOW. — Stephanie (@rrrahonda) June 28, 2014… Continue reading Finally Looking Under the Hood
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
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
Just recently I willingly labeled myself a “lurker” in order to describe my social media engagement as an educator. A lurker is someone who reads, follows, observes online conversations and postings and chooses not to publicly engage by producing output. I adopted the term because I felt that it best captured my own approach to this… Continue reading The Disconnect amid so much Connection
One of my favorite things about being a teacher is the annual opportunity to start fresh. Think about it: when and where else do we enjoy the privilege of regularly repeated new beginnings? Even going into my 24th year in education, I savor the anticipation of that first day excitement and wonder. Here are… Continue reading Fresh starts
This summer I found the book I believe I’ve been waiting for all my career: The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation by Elena Aguilar. (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass 2013). Let me try to explain why. The title of my masters thesis in Sport Psychology back in 1997 raised the question: What’s in a… Continue reading What’s in a Coach?