reflectively assessing my professional goals


A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days – a sobering lesson learned

Granted, and...

The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building. Because her experience is so vivid and sobering I have kept her identity anonymous. But nothing she describes is any different than my own experience in sitting in HS classes for long periods of time. And this report of course accords fully with the results of our student surveys. 

I have made a terrible mistake.

I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my first year of teaching: shadow a student for a day. It was so eye-opening that I wish I could go back to every class of students I ever had right now and change a minimum of ten things – the layout, the lesson plan, the checks for understanding. Most of it!

This is the first year I am working in a school but not teaching…

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Summer wellness to my tired and amazing colleagues.

From Positivity Big…
Thanks! Enjoy! Rest!


1. Just watch the clouds go by.
Do only that, savor the moments of summer and feel how the inner tensions flow out of your mind and body.

2. Go phone- and internet-free for a time..
I recommend trying this one out, especially if you tend to spend a lot of time at work or in school with being online or talking on the phone.
Start with just staying away from your email and phone for maybe 24 hours. Then check them.

3. Appreciate what you did between New Year’s Eve and the start of this summer.
Half of 2014 has now gone by.
And there might have been some worries. Perhaps you were angry with yourself more than a few times during these 6 months. Or disappointed in what you did, didn’t do or what happened in your life.
When the stress and inner tensions are plentiful then it is easy to get stuck in focusing on what went wrong or on your own setbacks or mistakes.
So take a break from that.
Ask yourself: What can I appreciate about what I did and I accomplished during these 6 months?

4. Go slow.
This will also dial your stress down.
And, perhaps even more importantly, help you to be in the moment and fully enjoy all the sights, sounds, smells and people of your summer.

5. Say no to the shoulds of summer.
There are sneaky shoulds in life. They can make a vacation filled with things you “just have to do before the summer is over” seem like draining work. And they’ll leave you more tired than you were before your time off even started.
So avoid them by asking yourself: Will this matter in 5 years? Or even 5 weeks?

6. Spend more time doing what you love.
Maybe it is fishing. Or going out into the woods and picking berries and mushrooms. Or painting. Or reading books. Or playing with your kids or hanging out with an old friend.
No matter what it might be, think about how you can fit more what you love doing into not only your summer but the rest of your year too.

7. Remind yourself: rest and recharge time will pay off both for my health and results in the long-run.( Edberg)




Edberg, Henrik. “Take Care of Yourself This Summer: 7 Simple Tips.” Practical Happiness Awesomeness Advice That Works The Positivity Blog RSS. N.p., 23 June 2014. Web. 27 June 2014. .

Student Centered History: Technology and Critical Thinking: Teach Indignant

Teach Indignant

This year, teach indignant.
Indignant about the state of education in this country. For all the big – and small – reasons.
Indignant about them number of days lost to asinine standardized tests that are ruining education.
Indignant that misguided billionaires who know nothing about education are shaping educational policy in this country….