Monthly Archives: April 2017

My poems walk through the classroom door each day.

While Nikki Giovanni’s poem, “Poetry,” came to me recently, it speaks to the oldest part of my teaching soul: the artist I want to be. We often hear that teaching is both a science and an art. I agree. There...
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Finally thanking the teachers I always meant to thank!

As a former PTA president and mother of two children, I know how jam-packed this time of year can be. After the relatively quiet month of January, each month goes faster and faster, as if we are sliding down a...
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Come on in, we’re daydreaming!

A few weeks ago, I had the most amazing conversation with a group of 4th graders. We were revisiting a list of classroom behaviors we made together at the beginning of the school year. We had grouped the list into...
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Announcing the Winner of Simple Gifts

Congratulations to Valerie Sin for winning an autographed copy of Judy Brown’s Simple Gifts! Many thanks to Judy for her generous donation of her book.  We’ll have a drawing for her book, The Art of Spirit of Leadership, later on...
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Notes from the Playground: Stars

“Notes from the Playground” is a regular feature on our blog. For this series, Greg John generously allows us to share his principal’s reflections and stories from his wonderful book, Notes from the Playground. In these stories, Greg enables us...
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The Metropolitan Diary: Democracy’s Personal Journal

For 40 years, the Metropolitan Diary ​has been a cherished section of the NY Times. For the section, everyday New Yorkers write mini-essays that capture odd, fleeting moments of life in the Big City: an encounter on the subway, a...
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Why #National Poetry Month?

Why #NationalPoetryMonth?  Because poetry matters. Why this website? Because what inspires and impassions teachers is worth sharing. Poetry, by slowing us down and focusing our attention, can help us engage in complex truths and potent emotions and yield poignant insights...
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