T.O.T.Week: unhealthy relationships

When it really comes down to it, teaching is just trying to impart wisdom to the next generation so that they’re not doomed to repeat our mistakes. I’m really speaking to anyone with the responsibility of a youth’s understanding of this world. At school, when we introduce these social-emotional communication and regulation skills, they requireContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: unhealthy relationships”

T.O.T.Week: loneliness

I’ve always considered myself a bit of an introverted extrovert (I love a good oxymoron). This probably defies what distinguishes the two terms, but I feel that the extrovert’s soul is fed from time spent with others. And while I am most definitely opinionated, fairly talkative, and choose to speak in front of a crowdContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: loneliness”

T.O.T.Week: consider the lobster books

Sometimes the books lead the post, and sometimes your building sits right atop a Luke’s Lobster and the blogging spark ignites. Between us, it was probably a bit of both. Yet as I sit here on January 1st of a new year, I learned that lobsters must shed their skin in order to grow. IsContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: consider the lobster books”

T.O.T.Week: feeling blue

Disclaimer: This title was not inspired by the fact that today’s blog square is blue. Okay, maybe it was. But only the teeniest, miniscule-ist, littlest bit! 🙂 We have got to stop apologizing for when we cry. This is a hill that I have stood on and will continue to shout from the rooftops forContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: feeling blue”

T.O.T.Week: the unimaginable

There I was, finally, a seat at the big kid’s table. I’ve only been literacy department chair for a month, and as if I wasn’t already feeling woefully inadequate, the head of our school didn’t look pleased. Sitting around the table with the other department chairs, she wanted our input on the best way to develop, extend,Continue reading “T.O.T.Week: the unimaginable”

T.O.T.Week: roads taken and not

I’ve got an anecdote for you. I was recently sitting around a campfire with a bunch of people when someone raised a question. “Would you rather stay at the age you are now, with the life you have now, or have the knowledge you have now but the life you had ten years ago?” PerhapsContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: roads taken and not”

T.O.T.Week: back to school

Teachers steal – ahem, borrow – ideas all of the time. Have you never joined the queue for the latest TpT (Teachers pay Teachers) sale? I bring it up because I might have engaged in a bit of thievery myself this past week. I had been searching for a new bookshelf for about three weeks,Continue reading “T.O.T.Week: back to school”

T.O.T.Week: an ode to lighthouses

One if by land, two if by sea. Lighthouses have long personified romantic sensibilities, prospects of discovery, beacons of hope, and the towering calm against the rough and tumble of the sea. You simply cannot help but gaze at a lighthouse. These beautifully weathered and historic structures simultaneously blend in and stand out amongst theirContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: an ode to lighthouses”

T.O.T.Week: advice books that aren’t advice books

This will probably surprise no one, but I am not very good at asking for help. Color me invincible, I’d like to think. Meanwhile, I cajole and assure my fourth graders that there is never shame in asking for help, that it’s a sign of strength. So, I need to practice what I preach, right?Continue reading “T.O.T.Week: advice books that aren’t advice books”