On Love and Belonging

This past week, I had the honor and true privilege to train at the Ron Clark Academy (RCA) in Atlanta, Georgia. For you non-educators out there, RCA is a non-profit private school that mostly serves students from low-income households. Co-founded by Ron Clark and Kim Bearden, the school also actively trains educators from all over…

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#bbchat Update

Happy Sunday mornin’, y’all! I’m sitting here with a big ole cup of coffee in hand and Polly snuggled up at my feet. It has been a crazy past couple of weeks as I’ve taken on a few writing projects in addition to teaching and mama-ing and wife-ing and all the other -ings in my…

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#bbchat | Self-Care Essentials

Teachers tend to put themselves at the end of their priority list. During this week’s #bbchat, we’ll be talking about self-care and its role in the life of an educator. Find us on Twitter at 7pm CST to join in on the conversation!

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The Sunday Night Struggle Bus

I don’t know about you, but around 4pm on Sundays, I start a brief period of mourning. I can feel the weekend coming to a close, and I’m bracing myself for the week ahead… teaching lessons that take every bit of my energy, wading through difficult situations with students and their parents, balancing work and…

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On Listening

This week, I did a brave thing. I gave my students a survey on our classroom culture and asked for their honest, confidential feedback. Scared out of my mind, I braced myself for the results. And while some of my students’ responses made me cringe – I mean, who wants to hear “I ABSOLUTELY HATE…

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On Empathy and Consent

Teaching our kids about consent requires us to first teach them empathy, the ability to see life from someone else’s perspective and show compassion.

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Classroom Culture and Why It Matters

When educators talk about culture in their classrooms, what exactly does that mean? How does culture impact the learning environment? Has “classroom culture” become another buzz-phrase in the teacher world, just another thing to put on a teacher’s to-do list? Over the past eight years, I’ve taught in classrooms filled with students who had at…

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A Case for Teaching Consent to our Children

“Time is up for ignoring the fact that our children are going to have sex one day. Time is up for believing that ‘boys will be boys.’ Time is up for crossing our fingers and hoping our kids make the right decisions in their relationships instead of walking through those relationships with them intentionally. Time is up for teaching behavior modification and ignoring the state of our children’s hearts.”

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3 Self-Care Tips for Teachers

While teachers are known for their devotion and grit, it can come at a cost. Boundaries are important for everyone, teachers included.

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