Posts filed under: Teacher Reflections

Back to School

Wilbur Wright was once asked what his favorite moment was in the invention of the airplane. He responded that his favorite part was not the flying, but lying in bed before they had succeeded, imagining what it would be like...
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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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Mike Mangiaracina: The Poetry of Phenomena

With this post, we’re delighted to kick off a new feature to our blog. Each month, Mike Mangiaracina – an elementary-school science teacher – will reflect on the many connections that can be found within his classroom, between teacher, student, and their...
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Jamie Raskin’s Reflection: “In Memory of W.B. Yeats”

On November 8th, Jamie Raskin was elected to Congress representing Maryland’s 8th District. Not only is Jamie a gifted legislator, he is a teacher and a contributor to Teaching with Heart.  In his reflection, Jamie describes how when his mother...
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Teacher Reflection: Persistence

It’s just after spring break when I scrawl this poem on the whiteboard. We are three-quarters through the school year, but for many students it feels like it’s already over. For the dejected and the defeated, the ones whose grades...
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Teacher Reflection: Hope and the Teacher

Hope and the Teacher — José Luis Vilson My colleague asked me point-blank: “You’re saying you don’t think you’re having an effect on kids?” I guess I should have been more poignant. I’m also not one for small talk, an...
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Teacher Reflection: Resilience

Resilience: On Working and Mothering — Emily Brisse We have been having conversations lately, my son and I. Last night while I was putting on his pajamas, it was about the man on the road walking his dog. A week...
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Teacher Reflection: Fostering Gratitude in the Classroom

A Miracle in the Classroom — by Owen M. Griffith As one veteran teacher told me, “Getting through the school year is like running a marathon where they expect you to sprint the whole 26.2 miles.” I knew I would need...
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Teacher Reflections: Mel Glenn

Teaching Retired Teachers By Mel Glenn It is reputed that Kurt Vonnegut once said, “When I grew up I realized all adults, male or female, are emotionally 14.” After teaching two groups of retired teachers in my United Federation of...
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What Went Well

Kids want us, not just our information! Standards-based curriculum and pedagogy are the #1 priorities in our schools, but they are only part of what helps children grow up happy, whole, and successful. Who we are in our classrooms has...
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