Week 16 – New Perspectives

Birds of a feather, flock together. You are who your friends are. Two peas in a pod. Cut from the same cloth. If everyone jumped off the bridge would you, too? These sayings we all have heard to essentially imply that who you spend time with is a reflection of who you are and theContinue reading “Week 16 – New Perspectives”

Week 12 – The Courage to Love

I remember hearing the statement, “If your heart can take it, come fly,” in the context of courageous love. Courageous love means showing a willingness to love another despite mistakes, despite unknown outcomes, despite fears of failure. It means taking actions rooted in faith and not fear, forgiveness and not anger, hope and not pity.Continue reading “Week 12 – The Courage to Love”

Week 11 – The Power of Play

I became a teacher before I became a mom. I can split my professional experience in education as: (1) before children section and (2) after children section. When I had children, my priorities shifted, not only with my family, but also with my career. I prepared extensively to become a mom. My husband and IContinue reading “Week 11 – The Power of Play”

Week 10 – The Impact of Beliefs

The Snake River, winding through Yellowstone National Park. “I would rather have a mind opened by wonder, than one closed by belief.” – Gerry Spence, trial lawyer who did not lose a case between the years of 1969-2010. In this quote, beliefs and wonder serve as opposite forces.  When you look at beliefs by themselves,Continue reading “Week 10 – The Impact of Beliefs”

Week 9 – The Curiosity of Wonder

I am reading the book Wonder by R. J. Palacio to my 9-year-old son. Although Isaac is a great reader, he doesn’t love to read like I do or like his sister does. He’s more like his father – he wants to read in order to learn how to do something or for a purpose.Continue reading “Week 9 – The Curiosity of Wonder”

Week 7 – Freedom Focus

We have a class called Junior Leadership. It is a connection class, or a middle school version of an elective class. Students have two electives per quarter and these classes rotate. At the end of last year, teachers in this class conducted an experiment. They wanted to see how many times students’ phones dinged, buzzed,Continue reading “Week 7 – Freedom Focus”