I can’t count the number of times I have heard this phrase since leaving the classroom, “Oh, I am so sorry you have to work all summer.” My response is always the same. “No, don’t be. I love summer work.” It is in the quiet of my office, when the students and teachers are gone, … Continue reading Five Things I Am Doing This Summer to Grow and Foster Growth #tmilearns
I remember the summer. My purple room. On my bed reading The Cay.
I don’t remember the book. I don’t remember the characters or the plot.
I remember being irritated with having to read it. I may have even skimmed it, and not really read it. Unusual for me.
I love reading.
In the summer I did nothing but read. Stacks of Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High.
But, that book. That summer reading book was torture.
I have seen summer reading lists that get it and summer reading lists that were too specific.
I have seen summer reading lists that stayed the same year after year, even as new literature floods the market.
In the summer can’t our summer reading be JUST READ?
Can’t we give our students choice?
Allow them to find the joy in reading? Allow them to follow their reading passions?…
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If you were to glance at my bookshelf, one thing may stand out to you. On the spines of almost every book on my shelf you will find that the majority of the titles are published by one organization, ASCD. This would not have been the case a few years ago. Sure, I had a … Continue reading Leading and Learning at #ASCD #Empower18 – @ASCDconf @ASCD #ASCDEmpower18 #seeyouinBoston
I've never seen myself as a mountain climber, but after yesterday's Innovation Kitchen session at the NAIS Annual Conference, I am reconsidering. I love the metaphor of a school's journey to innovation as a climb up a Magnetic Mountain, a series of day hikes, ascents and descents, and summits of innovation. All the while, the … Continue reading Innovation Kitchen: What’s Cooking? – #NAISAC @NAISNetwork #TMILearns @TMIEpiscopal
I had another post scheduled for today. But, I saw this ad from Wells Fargo over the weekend and I felt I had to write about it. Wells Fargo was quick to issue an apology after the outcry on social media. They were also quick to point out that they have donated $93 million to the arts over the years. But, this one ad may have diminished their support in one fell swoop.
I am insulted. I am saddened. I am confused.
The ad seems to imply that children can only dream of being actors and ballerinas as youngsters, but as you grow up you need to gravitate towards a more realistic job like botanist or engineer. Having pursued both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the arts, I am insulted. I pursued my passions after a lot of deliberation. I struggled over my decision to get my degree in humanities as…
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I'll admit it. I am a conference fanatic. So, when our Headmaster sent me an email to save the date for the National Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference, I wasn't about to say no to that. Besides being excited about the fried chicken at Sweet Georgia's Juke Joint and the fact that I will … Continue reading Setting Conference Intentions @TMIEpiscopal #TMILearns #NAISAC @NAISnetwork
I am one of those people who craves change and sometimes actively seek it out. I one heard that, as educators, we should always be in the service of why. I feel like I ask “why” a lot as an educator. Not because I like to rock the boat, but because I am constantly trying … Continue reading Innovation Takes Time – #IMMOOC
What do comfortable clothes, a computer, a long school break, and professional development have in common? Engaged teachers in the Digital Age. Over this past winter break, several TMI faculty members were able to participate in the annual Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit (Ditch Summit), a nine-day virtual event held every December that brings together … Continue reading #ttlsummit in action @teachtolead #DitchSummit part of the new era of professional development: Guest post by @kwfaulk and @lucyduncunedu #TMILearns
Guest post by Alice Bilbrey I've been a long-time user of Google Docs and Google Classroom as a part of my teaching practice, so I was thrilled when I received the go-ahead from TMI to open up a Google Classroom for my AP English Language and Composition course. I explained to my juniors that a … Continue reading Join Me in the Cloud: Guest Post by @alice_bilbrey – @TeachToLead #TTLNetwork #TTLSummit #TMILearns
I feel the need to reblog this as I watch my child trudge through homework tonight.
Oh homework, how we loathe you in my house.
You take us away from family time and dinner conversations and walks around the neighborhood and play time and even recreational reading time. You invade car rides and take away sleep. You diminish social time with friends. You make us question participation in Boy Scouts and youth groups and service learning. You cause arguments and frustration. You add stress. You cause tears.
Sometimes you aren’t valuable. Sometimes you aren’t necessary.
There is plenty of research on you. Cooper and Patall and Robinson. Fernández-Alonso and Darling-Hammond and Ifill-Lynch.
Research that says its about quality and not quantity. Research that says that giving too much of you actually hinders performance.
I would suggest you read those studies, homework. You need a reality check.
Here’s the thing homework. When I was teaching I didn’t assign much of you. I wanted…
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