for the innocent

the full moon eclipsed by a cloudy night finds its way to my core where moments are treasured like lucky pennies to be given away in dreams where the wind blows impressions of a softness on a difficult day to remind me that Spring returns where meditations trace my beginnings to a river, diverged that…

For the Love of Shoes

I have said that I love shoes, as recently as this week. I always joke with my students that I like their shoes and ask if we can trade. They always say no, until I asked Derek. He said yes, and he was serious. I kicked off my shoes and he his. They were a…

Lead With Love, Always

At an early age, I was taught to consider other points-of-view and was always encouraged to share ideas or questions. I owe my love, compassion, and empathy to my mother’s life and my father’s death. Through my father’s death I was forced to learn of the cruel, hard pain that stabs without warning, the kind…

A TEACHER’S LESSON ON POINT-OF-VIEW

The great state of Texas is rolling out a new teacher appraisal system. Several fellow teachers and I packed into a school cafeteria for training on the new protocols.  Professional development is always boring. There are plenty of eye rubs and yawns to sprinkle the room like party confetti. This year I promised myself that…

THE INNOVATION DILEMMA

  Webster defines “innovation” as a new idea, device, or method. I am back for my thirteenth year in education and my third as a Special Education teacher in an elementary setting. Our administration has asked us to spear head an “innovation challenge” where we are to look towards new ways of improving student learning….

TEACHING FOR THE MONEY

As tomorrow starts another beginning to another school year, I can’t help but reflect on how I ended up in the teaching profession. The following phrase has been repeated multiple times over the years in the different school districts that I have worked, “No one teaches for the money.” Or something like that is phrased…

THE 12 STEPS: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EDUCATORS

I found this recently. It is something I created while in graduate school. I think it is amazing that there are recurring themes of social justice that interest and excite me.  The 12 Steps: Recommendations for Educators 1. We admitted that our cultural background is not always “right” or “normal.” 2. We became aware that…