This time of year, there are a lot of endings. The end of a school year. The end of an elementary, middle, or high school experience. The end of a college career. Usually these endings are met with celebrations and new beginnings. There’s pomp, circumstance, and a lot of love. But, as we all know,… Continue reading Endings
Dear 6th grade class of 2020, I cannot tell you how proud I am of you. This year has not been at all how we expected it to be. Your first year of middle school, abruptly ground to a halt without notice. Leaving our classroom on a Friday, headed in to the weekend that ended… Continue reading Love, Mrs. G
“Grades during this time should be used as feedback instead of instruments of compliance.” The Illinois Governor, J. B. Pritzker, made this statement when announcing that schools across the state would be closed until April 30th. Upon hearing it, I was proud that our state would be prioritizing learning and growth over grading. As I… Continue reading The Fall of Grades
Classroom and school culture are massive components of our jobs as educators. It's integral that we cultivate an environment where our students and staff feel comfortable and supported. Because then they are able to learn and work most effectively. We've each spent a lot of time this school year building these wonderful classroom and school… Continue reading "Classroom" Culture During COVID-19
We are living through a crazy time. That’s an understatement, for sure. But I’m not sure how else to put it. Everything is so uncertain and changing by the minute, that by the time I finish writing this, things will have evolved. In a video I recorded for my students, I told them that we… Continue reading Teachers: Feel your feelings.
Recently, I was asked a question on the Planning Period podcast. “What do you think is the biggest problem in education?” I responded quickly and with one word: inequity. I say this because I’ve been studying how education impacts the social mobility of our students. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of reading in the… Continue reading The Biggest Problem in Education
This year has been hard. Not only have my husband and I been in a holding pattern, but I’ve also been struggling to find my place and my own direction. I’m constantly plagued by questions. Where are we headed? What do I want to do? Where do I want to go? How do I want… Continue reading It is enough.
The unknown can be scary. Especially when you are an adult, trying to figure out next steps, or your future is relying on it. Right now, the unknown is my reality. For the past few years, my husband has been working full time and taking high-level mathematics and economic courses. He’s been spending time learning,… Continue reading Embracing the Unknown
I was on the phone with my dad today, which is our Wednesday tradition, and we were having a conversation about education. It’s pretty typical for me to share what I’m up to with teaching and learning, and he usually has some input. He’s an incredibly fiery and vocal guy, clocking in at 5’5”, so… Continue reading Turn Off the Scoreboard
Close your door, and do what’s best for kids. I hear this sometimes. I’ve said this before. And from what I’ve gathered, the sentiment is not all that uncommon. Amidst all the district initiatives, required testing, and things we have to do, educators know when practices are becoming detrimental to our students. We instinctively know… Continue reading Stop Closing the Door