Tuesday Morning Writing Space: Slice of Life #sol18

A town doesn’t need much for me to fall in love it. One good independent coffee shop will do. Mine opens at 6:30 a.m., and I’m here when the doors are unlocked every Tuesday and Thursday morning. I order the same breakfast–bagel with cream cheese and a side of bacon–and the same coffee–nonfat latte. For…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 10/22/18

On the blog: A slice about my ever-growing TBR list In reading: I enjoyed The Art of Stillness, though I will say that there’s not a tremendous amount of content here. If you watch the TED Talk and listen to his (excellent) interview on Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations podcast, you’ve probably heard the key stories…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?#imwayr 10/15/18

On the blog: Some thoughts about soft starts for our students and ourselves In reading: I have always loved the troublemakers best, because with Carla Shalaby, I believe they shine a light on what is unjust, unnecessary, and even cruel in our school systems. I didn’t entirely understand why the troublemakers were my favorite students until I…

Soft Starts: Slice of Life #sol18 10/9/18

I first learned the term “soft start” in one of Sara Ahmed’s books. It refers to easing into the school day with gentle choice activities–reading, writing, talking, playing, making. No rigorous academic work to remind kids that school is supposed to be hard. No mindless busy work to get kids quiet and compliant. Kelsey Corter describes…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 10/7/18

On the blog: A cat slice about our new cat, Oliver In reading: Hard not to have a serious reading hangover after finishing Naomi Novik’s fantasy novel, Spinning Silver. Incredible world-building and such rich character creation. Her characters are not always entirely likeable, yet I can’t help rooting for them. Structurally, this one is quite interesting, as…