The Power to Say No

How often do you say no at an educational institution? This isn’t about the power of positive thinking and offering encouraging words to students. It’s about saying “No” to things that get in the way of learning. Over the years, I’ve honed in with students on learning. What is it? How do they do it? […]

Independence and the PYP

It’s a new school year, and our family is in a new school. After being comfortable in our previous school for 6 years, we decided it was time to shake it up. From Japan to Bangladesh, here we are. We expected the country to be different, and it is…completely. There’s a separate blog coming out all […]

Day Two of the Water Bottle Protest

Day Two of the PET Water Bottle Protest. Here’s how it unfolds. 8:45 a.m.: Recap of yesterday’s protest. Students immediately all speaking at once. Once calm, I ask who wants to do it today. More hands shoot up. 8 of them want to go out today at recess. 9:45: Prepare more signs for water bottle protest. We […]

Passion and teaching

Passion is what I’m thinking now as I look over my student’s first attempt at personal narratives. We’ve begun a Lucy Calkins-style writer’s workshop in class, and it always makes me excited. Every year, I have loved it when I’ve taught a writing workshop to the kids, and I always say, “why don’t I do […]

Teaching and Discovery

It’s been a while, but time for a blog. We’re back to school again, and it’s almost as if we never left. Great group of kids again. The students always amaze me with their energy and joie de vivre. It would be hard to go back to students who don’t find school so amusing. Ceci […]