My SJVWP Story

Sometimes transformations come from very small actions. Accepting Faith Nitschke’s invitation to be an SJVWP Fellow during the summer of 2006 was one of those kinds of decisions. I was always learning as a teacher, so I knew that the Summer Institute would be a learning experience. What I didn’t …

Closure

I knew that there was no way that I’d be able to keep up on the #reflectiveteacher challenge this month. Although I’m glad that the challenge inspired me to write a few blog posts this month, my most recent posts are basically ways to complete the challenge without really “doing” …

Reflective Teacher (Still)

More reflection, more catching up, more getting ahead on the #reflectiveteacher blogging challenge. Day 16: if I could have a teaching superpower, I think I’d want the teaching version of x-ray glasses–in that I could see what each of my students needed in order to learn. With some students, it’s …

Catch Up #2

At the farmer’s market this morning, I ran into my friend Meta who is also doing the #reflectiveteacher blog challenge. She has been so dedicated to blogging every day this month–and she’s written deeply personal and highly reflective posts. She’s a model for what I should be doing in this …

Playing Catch Up

I’ve missed the last few days of the #reflectiveteacher blogging challenge, so here are very brief responses to the prompts. Day 7: most inspirational colleague. I’ve been so fortunate to work with Rick Hansen, a generous colleague who has taught me so much about the teaching of writing. Conversations with …

Mentoring

This prompt from #te@achthought asks that we blog about what a good mentor does. Since I work with so many student teachers, I think I’ll discuss what a good master teacher does. First and foremost, the master teacher needs to create a safe environment for the student teacher, a place …

Light Bulbs

The prompt from the blogging challenge today is to address what I love most about teaching. I appreciate this invitation to talk about what makes me committed to my profession. I love seeing the light bulbs go off. Sometimes that is evident in class. We’re discussing an idea or a …

Teacher Leader

I’ve decided to diverge from the suggested prompt today. What I’d like to talk about instead is my commitment to being a teacher leader. To me, that means that I advocate for good practices with my colleagues, both in my own department or wherever I meet teachers. I try to …