The Shoulders of a Teacher

In the beginning it was our dreams and aspirations we carried on our shoulders. We also threw in some hope and optimism just because we were told the road ahead may be rocky. It did not take long for us to experience our first heartbreak. Maybe it was a student who was coming from a … Continue reading The Shoulders of a Teacher

Trust: Why I tell my students I love them every day

I begin the year as every teacher does:  In front of new students who do not know me and are cautious about the idea of ever getting to know me.  Even before the dust of our first acquaintance has settled, I make sure to call each of them by name and say the most important … Continue reading Trust: Why I tell my students I love them every day

Love and Limits

How to set limits while preserving loving relationships with students. Teaching is the kitchen of minds.  It is where the finest ingredients are mixed together to hopefully raise knowledge and grow character.  Sixteen years as an educator, specializing in working with students with behavioral needs has taught me that every recipe needs careful adjustments along … Continue reading Love and Limits