Pattern Play Pedagogy

  A month ago, I wrote about my comfort with my daughter doing something imperfectly. An update happened this week that I want to share with you:   Pickle’s birthday was last month, and she was gifted (along with lots of glitter and pink crap) the box...

Jasper or Learning is Hard

Earlier this year, my department adopted a new data-tool. It generates lovely reports that teachers and principals can use to understand numbers and stuff.   It’s also super-complicated and the forum is fairly sparse. My search for support also took me to...

Conflicting Values

Dear Claire, I drafted this post, but never published it last week. This was a week of transitions, one in which I was very thankful for this blog, twitter, and my wife as a sounding board. On Monday, the air-conditioning in room 908 still wasn’t fixed, and the...

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....