We've probably all been there. Your life is perking along. You're feeling "normal" - perhaps you even think your life is "good." And then something unexpected tilts your world. It might be a death, or something health-related, or someone tells you something that changes everything. And suddenly all that seemed "normal" five minutes ago looks … Continue reading A little post about welcoming fear
I think I've confessed before that I'm pretty judgmental. I don't want to be. But too often I find myself judging someone or something. I've tried for years - perhaps decades - to stop that judging. I remember a specific instance from back when I was teaching high school. This was probably 20 years ago. It … Continue reading When I want to JUDGE someone or something . . .
All of us have been through some kind of wounding situation that put us on a healing path. It might have been a badly sprained ankle, a deep cut that required lots of stitches, surgery of some sort, a heart attack, the death of a friend or loved one, a divorce, cancer, a lost friendship, … Continue reading Why does healing take SO LONG?
I haven't always known that my gut feelings are accurate. I had to learn the hard way by making some choices that went against my gut feelings - and then suffering the consequences. And even though I was in my mid-30s (I'm 57 now) when I got lots of evidence that those gut feelings were spot … Continue reading Trusting My Intuition: 5 gut feelings that say, “Hey, pay attention!!”
If you're not a student or teacher, this time of year might mean extra muggy and hot days and the hope of cooler weather in a month or so. It might mean another month for beach vacations and swim parties and grilling outside. But if you're a student or teacher around here, early August has come … Continue reading Just what does a new school year mean for teachers?
The everyday stress of teaching students in the throes of beginning adolescence adds up over a while. AND The everyday stress of living in poverty (which was about 90 percent of my students) adds up over a while. Put those two situations together . . . and you get a classroom full of students - … Continue reading Stress x Stress = Survival mode : My Middle School Experiment, What I Learned, Part 4
That is one of the most difficult and trying challenges of teaching in a high poverty school. Dealing with the disrespect you so often encounter.