Monthly Archives: January 2016

Teachers Talk Interview with Jill Tanner

Name? Jill Tanner Current position? 6th Grade Special Education Teacher How long have you been in education? 33 years What’s a little known fact about you? Our two children gave my husband and me a seven day cruise for our...
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Cold? Warm up with the Teachers Talk Interviews

Snowed in? Restless? Savoring the hot chocolate? Either way, it’s the perfect time to take the Teaching With Heart Interview!...
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NPR’s series: 50 Great Teachers

Tonight while cooking, I heard a few minutes of a NPR story on Stephen Ritz, a science teacher in the Bronx, who decided to “grow 100 bags of fresh fruits and vegetables a week — in the classroom.” The story...
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Principal Reflection: Flash

Thanks to Greg John for another terrific story from Notes from the Playground.  Greg John writes: I’ve been an elementary and middle school principal for fifteen years now. I think often about the fate of boys in schools and beyond....
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What do teachers do?

Lily Eskelsen Garcia riffs on “What do teachers do?” In 1 minute & 34 seconds, Lily Eskelsen Garcia, President of NEA, recounts what teachers do — which, of course, is way beyond teaching reading, writing and arithmetic! Brilliant. https://www.facebook.com/thisisinsider/videos/1502768973363829/?fref=nf...
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Who’s your favorite poet?

Nominate your favorite poet or poem for the next “Week of…” Who’s your favorite poet? What’s your favorite poem? We had such a great time with the “Week of Fire” that we decided to dedicate a week each month to...
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Week of Fire, Day #7: Making Space

Making Space In the excerpt below from her book, The Art and Spirit of Leadership, Judy Brown shares how she learns from and takes in people’s insights about her poems. In doing so, she invites us in to co-create meaning...
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Week of Fire, Day #6 Il Fuoco

Tara Reynolds reading the Italian translation of Fire Judy Brown writes: “This is Tara Reynolds reading “Fire” – “Il Fuoco” in Italian before a fire in Minnesota at a Courage & Renewal gathering. (Tara is a co-founder of WholeHeart and...
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Week of Fire, Day #5, Judy Brown’s Reflections on Fire

Judy Brown shared this picture of the fireplace in the house where she grew up in Michigan.  She writes: “It strikes me that as a child I likely spent a fair amount of time before that fire. It makes me...
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Week of Fire, Day #4, Video of Judy Brown reading Fire

Today’s post is a video of Judy Brown reading and reflecting on her poem, “Fire.”  Enjoy!...
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