Monthly Archives: August 2015


Yesterday my niece Allissa texted me the poem she had just hung in her new classroom. Do you remember sending me this? she wrote. Indeed I do. It’s a poem I sent to her when she began teaching kindergarten a … Continue reading

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Reaching for the stars

When I got into this teaching profession, I had stars in my eyes. I thought that I could make everyone excited about learning. But then Jimmy walked into my class – angry and sad. “Is this special to you?” he … Continue reading

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Nature Lessons

I’ve been really into hawks lately. A convergence of coincidences I guess. First I read a review of a book about hawks – or so I thought. It’s really about loss and memory and love and resilience. H is for … Continue reading

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I woke to the smell of coffee And the realization Again That you are not of this world No longer of this world I write down memories I say your name I study birds in the morning sky In the … Continue reading

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CA Teacher Summit Ed Talk

Good afternoon and welcome back. This has been such an extraordinary day so far, and I am thrilled to be here with you all on this momentous occasion. So much dedication and commitment and brain-power under one roof certainly bodes … Continue reading

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