Breaking Silence

Today in school, I was silent. For the second year in a row, I participated in GLSEN’s Day of Silence. The Day of Silence is a student-led event that happens in schools across the country, bringing awareness to the silencing effects of anti-LGBTQ+ name-calling, bullying, and harassment. Students (and teachers) from middle school to college … Continue reading Breaking Silence

Move to the Middle

Recently, I wrote a little about a concept I’m playing around with called Highly Responsive Teaching. Basically, it is centered around the idea that the teacher “moves to the middle”. I first heard of this phrase in Hacking Leadership by Joe Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis, where they talk about being the link that connects people … Continue reading Move to the Middle

Creating a Culture

I often catch myself looking around my room and thinking, “This is awesome. This is exactly what it should be.” Granted, I don’t feel this way every day. There are definitely some rough patches and some whirlwind hours. The wonderful adolescents that I work with are bound to have a few not-so-wonderful days (both individually … Continue reading Creating a Culture

Get Out of the Way

Today, I took a moment out of each of my classes to stop and look around the room.  Everywhere, there was activity and discussion, invention and debate, as well as reflection and perseverance happening in droves.  Heads were focused on their work, hands were pointing or gesturing in explanation, and exclamations of excitement were happening … Continue reading Get Out of the Way