Professional Learning for Creative Practice - 08.2021 "Learning this way underscores our responsibility to give credence to imagination, to believe and to show our students that being curious is important, that it is in fact key to growing and learning and becoming empathetic people."
Simple Formative Assessment - 06.13.2021 "So, I decided to just ask my students one simple question: What did you learn this week? I am not sure students are used to being asked this question, but it is a powerful self reflective tool, a way for students to prod and track their own learning, as well as a perfect way for me to see the students’ growth while giving regular, purposeful, useful feedback.
Questioning Our Most Dearly Held Beliefs - 12.17.2020 "I understand time moves in one direction for most of us, and I understand we live in a public education world that accepts notions of present-ness and timeliness as hallmarks of learning, but can we challenge these beliefs? Can we understand what the river learned about time, that it is at the source and the ocean at the same time?"
Curiosity as a Planning Tool - 10.28.2020 "And I understood in this connection a way to make so much of our country’s struggles with race real for my students, who routinely say racism doesn’t exist in Hawaiʻi Nei. Now Joseph Kekuku became a path to make Frederick Douglass’s struggles real, to make Breonna Taylor’s murder matter, for example, to these children in the Pacific."
So, What is Left When the World Shuts Down? - 08.2020 from "Educating During the Early Weeks of the 2020 Pandemic" "...my days of nothing start, as they always have, around 5:15 am, with a cup of coffee before the rest of my house wakes up. In the stillness, I sip and I read and I research and I constantly craft lesson ideas, collect bits of text or song or art, for my students, for my wife, for my colleagues, for my kids, for my own mindʻs curiosity."
Using Bodies to Develop and Express Ideas - 07.27.2020 from "Movement Helps Make 'Learning Joyful and Magical'" "We rarely stayed in one place for more than 10 minutes and we rarely did the same type of learning work for more than 15-20 minutes at a time. The simple protocols in response to that first horrible week of school 13 years ago made a great difference but didn't take us all the way. I knew there was some way I could take movement further and make the movement itself part of the learning, the way I know students learn by writing, by talking, by reading. I didn't want it to just be a break between learning activities but I couldn't quite figure it out."
The 'Magic'Teachers Need from Their Principals - 10.9.2019 "Teachers are magicians, conjuring kindness and empathy as we create spaces of togetherness that are safe for vulnerability and risk-taking. When we open our classrooms at the end of each summer, we...find our students—Ali, Kai, Franz, Junnel—right where they are, and we accept them without wishing they were different. This welcome, we know, is the first step toward building trust and community, just one small moment among many."