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?

Endurance: Feeling Lost in What’s Next

Dedicated to the many who are questioning their next steps. Have faith. Your resilience allowed you to continually bounce back from difficulty. Your endurance will push you forward with purpose. It is the muscle within the mission. It is fed by your heart, not your mind. Lead, learn, and love no matter where your journey takes you.

Habits for Masterfully Handling Behavior

Now more than ever, teachers are battling to save their sanity and manage increasingly difficult classrooms.  There are many companies out there that have professional development and resources to assist us, yet behavior continues to be the Achilles’ heel for many educators. The truth is that there is no one-size-fits-all answer to classroom management woes.  … Continue reading Habits for Masterfully Handling Behavior

Habits for Masterfully Handling Behavior

Now more than ever, teachers are battling to save their sanity and manage increasingly difficult classrooms.  There are many companies out there that have professional development and resources to assist us, yet behavior continues to be the Achilles’ heel for many educators. The truth is that there is no one-size-fits-all answer to classroom management woes.  … Continue reading Habits for Masterfully Handling Behavior

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