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will the real me, and the real you, please stand up?!

Chivalry died long ago. But currently in our society, slowly sucking on its last breaths, is authentic honesty. In a culture where people speak in Facebook statuses, smile Instragram pretenses, finish thoughts with @youknowwho, hashtagphrasesthatforevercementgrammaticalerrors, and abbreviate everything because “ain’t nobody got the time for that,” it’s next to impossible to find sincerity and truthfulness. Luckily in my life, two people come to mind who keep me grounded in authenticity. My friend, colleague, and fellow blogger Heather can be sharp around the edges, but I never doubt how she views me. She is true to herself, and thus one of the Read More

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towards peace

Dork. Dork. 1000 silent sobs reverberate within those 4 letters. One word carries with it the sound of home. In the safe echo of my sister’s pet greeting, I unraveled. As I reflect, I realize I have been unraveling for a while. I just didn’t bother stopping–or stopping long enough–to pay attention to it. But as I confessed to my sister–the remnant of home–that I was feeling depressed, a moon’s tide was released. Waves of grief washed over me. I miss my Mom. I miss my Dad. I witness them everywhere. In my dreams, on my commute, in my laughter, Read More

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students vs. statistics: why I stay a teacher

On my way to work each day, looming above the newly-built-but-not-yet-operating-train-tracks is a billboard that declares: Unlimited Data Of course, it’s some advertisement for a phone company that offers all the access one could ever want to Facebook, Candy Crush, Snapchat, Twitter and Youtube. And then I walk through the door of my school, which is a representation of any public school in the American education system, and I hear the same message from above, around, and below: Unlimited Data Recently, a dear friend at another school told me a colleague counted somewhere around 27 days of assessment for their school Read More

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a change of momentum

On a recent trip to some schools in California, one statement spoken stuck with me: “sometimes you need to change the momentum.” Of course, this referred to the most effective approaches to student discipline. But it also referred to me. I need a change of momentum. My life is consumed by sugar, overeating, and laziness. Since my Mom died, I’ve let myself go, to use the old adage. I cannot find the motivation perseverance and persistence to maintain a healthy diet, or sadly, even work out these days. Meanwhile, in other news, but also related, I am plagued by unhealthy Read More

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sacred circles of care

As in all circles, what once was blurs into what is now. I have written before about the need to have an authentic adult culture of productive conversations and positive problem-solving in a school community. I have learned this weekend the importance of that by holding council among friends. In an effort to bring back gems for our school to build a stronger and richer restorative culture, Charla, Allison, Erin and I have now traveled twice together to dive deeper into Restorative Approach/ Justice/ Practice currently implemented in California. We have taken council training. We have visited Oakland and San Francisco district Read More