Essays

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."




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