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sharing poems, sharing stories, sharing lives

For a community builder this year, I tried something new by teaching a model text (“Where I’m From“) that students had to analyze and replicate. This was first and foremost a way for us all to share our stories and build connections with each other; the year’s learning will be built on those connections. It was also a way for me to pre-assess students’ poetry knowledge and introduce some important vocabulary for the year. Today we shared our poems in Circle–a Council practice we’re incorporating school-wide. Here’s mine. “Where I’m From” By Mrs. Davenport   I am from ivy wallpaper climbing up Read More

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a teacher’s prayer

To God, Who teaches in the world, a most profound classroom, Through life, a most effective curriculum, Bless this classroom. May students come into a space of light radiating from my heart, originating in You, A place of belonging, rooted in You, A place of empowerment, growth, achievement, victory, confidence, freedom, joy. Bless this classroom, That my words may be empowering, My lessons memorable, My purposes clear and inspiring, My presence hopeful, And my character—especially when offended—gracious. May the students who call this room home for a year Be kind to one another, lifting up rather than tearing down, Breaking Read More

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a teacher's prayer

To God, Who teaches in the world, a most profound classroom, Through life, a most effective curriculum, Bless this classroom. May students come into a space of light radiating from my heart, originating in You, A place of belonging, rooted in You, A place of empowerment, growth, achievement, victory, confidence, freedom, joy. Bless this classroom, That my words may be empowering, My lessons memorable, My purposes clear and inspiring, My presence hopeful, And my character—especially when offended—gracious. May the students who call this room home for a year Be kind to one another, lifting up rather than tearing down, Breaking Read More

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2014-2015 Vision Statement

Dear Incoming Senior Students: To know me is to know my vision… my vision for you and for our year together. First and foremost, I want our community to be built on solid relationships. I want to know each of you, not just as a student, but as a whole human being. I also want you to know each other in the same capacity. Learning happens in a web of human interactions, and I want our classroom to be a place which protects that fragile web. On this web, we weave patterns of trust and risk and safety and honor and Read More

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mind your sacrifices: looking at Leviticus through the lens of mindfulness

Mindfulness is all a buzz lately. Mindfulness can improve your health, improve decision making-skills, help cope with trauma, prevent succumbing to cravings, and even capitalize the O in your orgasm (dare I say mindfulness puts the O in your OM; ha! …couldn’t resist). Mindfulness is on the football field, in the medicine cabinets of vets, on my blog, and within classrooms. Mindfulness is so pervasive I found all these articles in a matter of minutes. But mindfulness in Leviticus? Come on, no way. I mean Buddha wasn’t even around then (wink, wink). But this weekend in my camping chair, as I trudged Read More

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Campsite: A Morning Benediction

Rise, you steam from pottery-mug of dark roast, curl your other-world whispers up and away.   Shine, you golden-fingers of sunlight, forge your fractured path through the labyrinth-forest and dew-drop-mirrors.   Dance, you moths or flies or nymphs, whatever your magic is, sprinkle joy in in the morning-air like cloud-confetti.   Play on, you liquid-symphony-stream, raise your rushing flurry of applause, confident and ceaseless.   Tease on, you fuzzy acrobat-squirrels, cluck and chirp and rattle us in your mockery of ducks and birds and snakes, safe in the playground of secret-branches.   Testify, you living-mosaic of God, blanketing me under a Read More