My daughter graduates this year. And, similar to the last weeks of my grandmother’s life and battle with Alzheimers, I never imagined this kind of goodbye. Over the last few weeks, I have fallen into sadness, sometimes madness, over this world we live in. But, the words Barack Obama wrote told my sadness that it’sContinue reading “2020 Graduates Need Leaders Like Barack Obama Now More than Ever”
Just in case you haven’t listened to this yet, I thought I’d share this bedtime story. This belongs to all of our 2020 graduates who have sacrificed their celebrations for the sake of humanity.
It’s not that she doesn’t love you. No, she loves you way too much. That’s the problem. That’s always been the problem and you know it. It’s only gotten worse now that she’s trapped in the house with you. You know that too. So, please, give her a break. And, while you’re at it, pickContinue reading “Mommy Needs Space for Mother’s Day”
The sound of a teenager’s voice can send a parent or teacher into the realm of insanity or lift someone out of the depths of despair. Showing teenagers the power of their voice helps them understand what to do with the words that buzz in their brains. Our teenagers need to stay connected in creativeContinue reading “Speak Up Saturdays”
When my son was six, he wouldn’t use descriptive language like my daughter who devoured books and words faster than most children. My son liked to describe everything with a zip or a zoom. He’d riddle his sentences with a series of sounds that could sometimes be mistaken for heavy fire in a battle orContinue reading “There’s An Artist Hiding Inside Your Child’s Mind”
Under pressure pumped through the speakers while shoppers puffed along with their masks in place. They followed the blue arrows and took the small packages of toilet paper from the shelves. No one interrupted that song with the reminder that we need to practice social distancing and we’re all in this together. For one ofContinue reading “A Little Bowie on Your Mind”
Words swarmed over each other and buzzed with a hovering that left thoughts moving back and forth, up and down. It became clear that education’s best moments were happening right now, amid tragedy and change.
I slapped my legs and snorted this morning while putting my groceries away. Who knew that listening to my kids’ English teacher talk about the schedule for the week would be so entertaining? I mean, yes, I also teach English and have been told on more than one occasion that my backup plan should beContinue reading “Applause Applause, Give the Teachers a Hand”
Bursting out of the house in an effort to escape the extreme claustrophobia that was choking me to death, I ran down the dark street to the park that was covered in yellow tape. I ran around it watching a man in a mask walk his dog. There were only a few of us whoContinue reading “Escape”
Right now, just remember that a district is made up of one human being linked to another human being and none of us have ever been more human than we are now.