Order of language matters in how we talk about students

Lately I have been thinking about labels.  In fact, I have noticed that I am down right sensitive to the labels we use when talking about people.  Reflecting on why these labels often upset me, I have realized that what I am most afraid of is the stereotypes that these labels project.  In one of … More Order of language matters in how we talk about students

4 ways my father has impacted my career as an educator 

Last May, I wrote a blog post on the lessons learned from my mother in regards to teaching. As my father’s birthday approaches next week, I have begun thinking about the aspects of my job/life that I have incorporated with values learned from my father.    My father is a plumber by trade. Since … More 4 ways my father has impacted my career as an educator 

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” An Unanswerable Question

My niece, Lily, a highly-capable and thriving 3rd grade student, recently received a writing assignment.  She was to write about what she wanted to be when she got older.  Conflicted and stressed, she had little response to this question.  Taking a risk, and defying the assignment, she wrote the following essay:   My Top Ten … More “What do you want to be when you grow up?” An Unanswerable Question