I want to tell a story about whats going on in schools.
I interview an innovative, insightful global studies teacher from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
People talk about student voice in relation to their education. I get that. I really do. But it's also awesome to watch them develop a voice on their world and their interests.
Sometimes the product is what matters.
Seeing former students is something that allows me to see the larger narrative that I miss during the school year.
It's like a candy shop for them.
Thoughts after a simple inquiry-based lesson.
I love it, because it's not pretentious.
I love the way kids debate. I love the lack of pretentiousness and the overall open-mindedness.
There's something humbling about disillusionment.
The thing about growth is that it's not always measurable, even if it's observable.
That crazy, magical moment that happens when kids are so immersed in their learning that it all becomes quiet.
I don't like discipline issues, but it's one of those necessary things that causes me to grow as a teacher.
I know it's kind-of a buzzword, but it's amazing when it actually happens the right way.
People talk about "learning from students" in that deep, inspirational way. I see that and experience that. However, it's also awesome to learn through the random areas where a student is already an expert.
Thoughts on a growth mindset and why it leads to being thankful.
I used to see humor as "shallow." I don't believe that anymore.
I didn't always love grading. However, when my mindset changed, it became something I enjoy.
I used to work at a grocery store. I learned how dreary repetitive work could be. That's never the case with teaching.
I'm not crazy about the term "PLN" but it's a part of why I love this gig. I love the community that I'm a part of.
I didn't always love this part of the job. Now I see why it matters.