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Baby Daniel.                                                                      This was what this sweet baby looked like the last time most of you saw him. It was what he looked like the last time I saw him. I know that so many of you were instrumental in raising money to save this baby’s life. I want to thank you for that, and [...]

Any time I’m asked to reflect or write about what I believe about education, I always seem to talk about the class’s last project. No matter what we’ve been exploring, the work is so inspiring, I want everyone to know about it. The latest project my third grade class completed illustrates everything I believe about [...]

Sometimes my parents say they can’t believe their three kids were raised in the same house by the same two people. We’re all soooo different. My brother was a star athlete in high school while my sister and I were bench warmers. My sister could pass any test without ever studying, but didn’t get straight [...]

Every year I have at least one parent ask me for tips on how they can talk to their child about race and racism. On the flip side I know that there are parents who are offended when a teacher teaches their child about racism and will often object to it by making statements such [...]

How Was Your Weekly Ride?

by Melissa on February 11, 2011

As you know we end each week with our uphill climbs and our downhill celebrations, below is a glimpse of how my week went. Uphill Climbs This week I felt like I was trying to master a juggling act, and it was impossible to keep all of the balls in the air. There’s always so [...]

The idea that men are created free and equal is both true and misleading: men are created different; they lose their social freedom and their individual autonomy in seeking to become like each other. – David Riesman, The Lonely Crowd There are many times that we become friends with people because of things we have in [...]

How Was Your Weekly Ride?

by Queenie on February 4, 2011

Happy Friday! I’m so glad you joined us this week, I hope you found the weekly thought provocative and compelling. Let me know if you did anything to explore Black History Month. As you know we end each week with our uphill climbs and our downhill celebrations, below is a glimpse of how my week [...]

My first year teaching I had a class of thirty students. I worked with them all year, and was asked daily whether or not they could make paper airplanes during math or eat their lollipop that accidentally fell into their backpack at school. And yet, for the entire insane requests, at the most inappropriate times, [...]

How Was Your Weekly Ride?

by Melissa on January 14, 2011

Patrick and I did a pilgrimage called the Camino de Santiago. Walking was important, and amazing, and filled with wonder. But the special part wasn’t only the walking. Some magic happened at the end of the day. As we rested and tended to our blisters in a new Albergue, we’d sit and laugh and share [...]

The Humane Mouse Trap

by Melissa on January 10, 2011

I sat up with a start. Someone was in my apartment. I knew I wasn’t alone. I just felt it.  Deliriously, I looked around trying to figure out what to do. I had fallen asleep on the couch, and I jumped up to run for the staircase that led down to my front door. I [...]