Friday Reflections: Your “Leave Behind”

It is a safe assumption that few of us will end up in history books, have statues erected in our names, or holidays declared in our honor.  This should not be a discouraging sentiment as significance is found in each and every one of us.  Though we may not leave this world legends, we will … Continue reading Friday Reflections: Your “Leave Behind”

Friday Reflections: Sitting in Failure

Failure: What if we refused to run from it, but rather we sat in its discomfort?  What if we allowed ourselves to feel the sting because we know we are strong enough to survive it?  What if we allowed it to shape the image we have of ourselves because we have faith in our ability to overcome our struggles?

The F Word

A colleague of mine was wiping out an old work computer and found a video clip from years ago.   In the video, students were participating in interviews unaware that their favorite teachers were dancing in the background like fools.  As I watched this clip I was filled with a warm, familiar feeling that resonated … Continue reading The F Word

Fear

Heart pounding.  Hands sweating. Mind racing.  For many of us, this is what we conjure up when we think of fear.  A freight train of emotion that warrants an immediate and obvious response.  However, the toxic residue that lies behind fear is not always the crushing presence of adrenaline.  In fact, most often it is … Continue reading Fear

Teacher Traps

I, no doubt, stupidly thought that teaching adorable children with special needs would be so gratifying that it would be easy!  I will save you all the suspense, but after teaching students with disabilities for over 15 years, I quickly ended up catching a clue.  Teaching was anything, but easy and the person making it … Continue reading Teacher Traps