Dear Erin

What follows is an email I sent back to Erin, a teacher who read the book and this blog and rightfully had some questions. I (and John) are thrilled that Classroom Chef has opened us to have these conversations more often.   Hi, Erin. I’ve been sitting on...

Back To School Night – 2016

Dear Claire, Wow, that last post came out much darker than the week felt. There was plenty of good stuff, even some times where I was laughing out loud while students were learning. One of the highlights from Week Two was: Back to School Night I found your old...

My Three Friends

Dear Claire, I’ve recently become re-acquainted with three friends. Since I left the classroom, my three friends and I haven’t talked as much. We just… had less common ground; the time together got more cumbersome and more full of awkward silence....

Setting Someone Else’s Table

Dear Claire, Yesterday was great. I had forgotten how fantastic it feels to put on some loud music and move furniture. That’s not to say that I’m glad your entire class was boxed up and moved to the middle of the room; that was… not ideal. But it...

Weak Teaching Muscles

Dear Claire, Thank you for being so willing to let me be your long-term sub while you’re out on Maternity leave. Of course, I’ll work closely with Adriana to keep our lessons and class culture consistent, something that you can swiftly absorb when you...